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A.D. 1956, A. Inv. 2486 

Ordered to be read in all chapters and preserved 



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Most Excellent Grand First Principal 

Born— Belfountain, Peel County, Ontario, February 28th, 1889. 

Parents— John H. House — Jennie H. McLeod. 

Married— 1915, married to Enid Lenore Gardner, Toronto, Ontario 

Children— Jack, son; Vivian, daughter. 

Religion— Family, Members of Parkdale Presbyterian Church, Toronto 

Education— He received his early education in Public and Continuation 


Business— Moved to Toronto in 1905. Took a course in Building Con- 

struction and followed in that field until 1918; later became 
associated with one of the large Rubber Companies, in the 
Engineering Department, until 1950, then accepted a position 
with a Wholesale Sporting Goods Company in the Sales Depart- 
ment and at the present time is Sales Manager of a Wholesale 
Golf Supply Company in Toronto. 


Initiated, Passed and Raised in St. Alban's Lodge, No. 541, A.F. & A.M., 
G.R.C., in 1915, became Worshipful Master in 1924, appointed Grand Junior 
Deacon in 1954. 

Exalted in Antiquity Chapter No. 91, R.A.M., G.R.C., in 1919, became a 
Charter Member of St. Alban's Chapter No. 217, in 1920, and First Principal 
Z. in 1925 and 1943, made an Honourary Member in 1951, received his 25 Year 
Past Principal's Jewel in 1950, was Elected Grand Principal Sojourner in 1930, 
elected to the Grand Executive Committee 1949-50, was elected Grand J. in 
1951, Grand H. in 1953 and Grand First Principal Z., April 28th, 1955. He 
further served Grand Chapter as Chairman of Arrangements for the Annual 
Convocations for the years 1930, 1937, 1943, 1950. Our Grand Z., is the Repre- 
sentative of the Grand Chapter of British Columbia, near the Grand Chapter 
of Canada. Some time ago he received an Honourary Membership in the Royal 
Arch Chapter of St. Andrew and St. John No. 4, G.R.C. He has served Royal 
Arch Masonry in the Toronto Districts, Principals' Association and was elected 

He is a member of Holy Land Conclave No. 3, Toronto, Red Cross of Con- 
stantine and appendant Orders. 

The Masonic activities of our Grand Z. have been confined mainly to the 
Craft and Capitular degrees, and it is his sincere desire, during his term of 
office, to further the advancement and interests of Royal Arch Masonry in this 
Jurisdiction, and asks for the co-operation of all the Companions. 

Other activities:— John L. House is an enthusiastic golfer, being a Past 
Director and member of Islington Golf and Country Club, Toronto, and a 
member of the Canadian Senior Golf Association. F.J.J. 




OF SEPTEMBER, A.D. 1955, A. INV. 2485. 


Mix. Comp. John L. House Grand Z. \ Q ran ,i 

R Ex. Comp. James E. Girven as Grand H. f Council 

R Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand J. j 

R. Ex. Comp. Harper S. McElrath Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. G. H. Thomas Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp.* Lloyd Gillespie as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Orval E. Kelly as Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. E. Wood as Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. W. Reg. Shaw Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp.Wm. P. Youdale as Grand Organist 

Comp. A. F. Clark as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. H. S. Ewing R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Martin 

R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Shute R. Ex. Comp. H. Seager 

R. Ex. Comp. E. T. Naylor R. Ex. Comp. M. Roy Anderson 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Pow R. Ex. Comp. T. W. Solmes 

V. Ex. Comp. D. Kernohan V. Ex. Comp. James Silk 
Ex. Comp. D. Campbell Ex. Comp. R. Milligan 

Ex. Comp. E. Zeran Ex. Comp. C. Whittemore 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.45 p.m. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for the 
purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Presqu'ile Chapter, No. 144, Royal 
Arch Masons of Brighton, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.30 p.m. 

Grand Scribe E. 




OF OCTOBER, A.D. 1955, A. INV. 2485. 


M.Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor acting Grand Z. ^ ^ , , 
R. Ex. Comp. Chas. H. Sheppard as Grand H. V^ ., 

T»17*-TTTTTU r /- 1 T 1 COUtlCd 

R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Hughes as Grand J. J 

R. Ex. Comp. J. N. Davis Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. G. H. Thomas Grand Chaplain 

V. Ex. Comp. Rev. W. G. O. Thomson Ass't Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Dickie as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. B. Lottridge Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Collins as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. W. S. Kinnear as Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. J. P. Hudson as Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. W. Reg. Shaw Grand D. of C. 

Comp. W. Nutt as Grand Organist 

Comp. H. Potter as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Hays R. Fx. Comp. Sam Magder 

V. Ex. Comp. J. N. Smith Ex. Comp. Chas. Larson 

Ex. Comp. Alex. Winn Ex. Comp. W. Brown 

Ex. Comp. G. Brown Ex. Comp. L. Honey 

Grand Chapter was opened in Due Form at 8. 45 p.m. when the Grand First 
Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for the 
purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, 
Royal Arch Masons of St. Catharines, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.35 p.m. 



OF NOVEMBER, A.D. 1955, A. INV. 2485. 


M.Ex. Comp. John L. House Grand Z. \ r , 

M.Ex. Comp. C. McL. Pitts as Grand H. V^., 

R. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle GrandJ. J unciJ 

R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Axcell Grand Superintendent 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. C. E. Armstrong as Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Smith as Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. D. Hyndman as Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. S. Fordham as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett as Grand Senior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney as Grand Junior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. W. R. Shaw Grand D. of C. 

V 7 . Ex. Comp. J. Silk as Grand Tyler 

ANNUAL cow oca I ions. lOROMO, 1956 

and the follow ing assisting: 

R Ex. Comp. H. Humphries R. Ex. Comp. 1". A. McDiarmid 

R Ex. Comp. M. W. Rogers R. Ex. Comp. C. |. LaZerl 

R Ex. Comp. P. O. McLaren R. Ex. Com]). A. L. McGregor 

R. Ex. Comp. C. \. Baile\ R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Kingstone 

R, Ex. Comp. I . R. Beeman R. Ex. Comp. M. R. Anderson 

R Ex. < omp. Y\ . |. Neville R. Ex. Comp. K. T. Wood 

\ I \. Comp*. Les. Brown V. Ex. Comp. Alex. Fraser 

\ Ex. Comp L.V.Wood V. Ex. Comp. C. H. Riddell 

Ex. < omp. X. F. Brighl Ex. Comp. W. J. Sutherland 

Ex. Comp. W. Edwards Ex. Comp. F. J. Vout 

Ex. < omp. C. Stone Ex. Com]). 1). C. Ken- 

Ex. Comp. J. Sinclair 
(.rami Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.30 p.m. when the Grand 
I irsl Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for the 
purpose ol Dedicating the Chapter Room for St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Royal 
\ivh Masons of Smith Tails. Ontario. 

The Ceremon) being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
dosed (.rand Chapter at 10.15 p.m. 



AND 261 H. 1956. 

M. Ex. (omp. John I.oftus House Grand Z. 

M. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor as Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle Grand J. 

M Ex. (omp. J. M. Burden. R. V. Conover, F. W. Dean, C. M. Pitts, A. G. 
N. Bradshaw, J. A. M. Taylor. 

R. Ex. (omp. Rev. George H. Thomas Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. lied W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. (omp. Frank B. Lottridge Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie as Grand Principal Sojourner 

R Ex. Comp. Sam Perlman as Grand Senior Sojourner 

\ Ex. (omp. Sidnev Soley ..-. as Grand Junior Sojourner 

\ . Ex. Comp. W. Reg. Shaw Grand D. of C. 

\ Ex. Comp. Herbert L. Pringle Assistant Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold Perkins Assistant Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. (omp. William J. Neville as Grand Pursuivant 

Comp. Walter Wakefield Grand Outer Guard 


R. Ex. (omp. Edward Hugh Logan St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Sidney Daniel Lacev London District No. 2 

R. Kx. Comp. Andrew Embury Williamson Wilson District No. 3 

R Ex. Comp. Burton Malcolm McNaughton Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. H. Stuart Merrall Hamilton District No. 5 

R Ex. Comp. I homas Burke Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. (.omp. John Nickle Davis Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. (omp. Clifford Mendham Platten Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. ( omp. Fredrick Sydney Fordham Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. (omp. Daniel Robert Davidson Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. (omp. Harr\ Sloan Ewing Ontario District No. 10 

R 1 \ ( omp. Iliii pei Samuel McElrath Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. 1 \ ( omp. Hugh Donald Hyndman St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald James Axcell Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. (omp. Paul Charles Ereeberg \lgoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. ( omp. Earl Alexander Martin New Ontario District No. 1 5 

R. Ex. ( omp. ! eslie Waltei Coombs Temiskaming District No. 16 



A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their qualified 
officers, the Ninety-Eighth Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada was opened in Ample Form at ten o'clock a.m. 
The following distinguished guests were introduced by the Grand Director 
of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. W. Reg. Shaw. 

M. Ex. Comp. Chas. W. Lilley, Grand Z. 

M. Ex. Comp. Everett G. Ellerton, P.G.Z. and Grand Lecturer of The Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry Wilson, representing M. Ex. Comp. A. C. Cabel, Grand 
Z., Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba. 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Perry S. Cochrane, I.P.G.H.P. of The Grand Chapter of 
Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia, our Grand Representative near the 
Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia, also the Grand Master of Sovereign 
Great Priory of Canada of the United Orders of the Temple & Malta. 


M. Ex. Comp. Howard J. Moffatt, Grand Z., The Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Quebec. 

M. Ex. Comp. Paul D. Collier, G.H.P., Most Excellent Grand Chapter Royal 
Arch Masons of Connecticut. 

M. Ex. Comp. Henry F. Smith, G.H.P. 

R. Ex. Comp. Warren E. Kell, Gr. Cap't of the Host of The Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Massachusetts. 

M. Ex. Comp. George J. Ristow, G.H.P., 
M. Ex. Comp. Roy Andrus, P.G.H.P. & Grand Secretary, 
M. Ex. Comp. A. M. Burke, P.G.H.P., our Grand Representative near The 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan. 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick C. Breithaupt, Grand King, representing M. Ex. 

Comp. George W. Pratt, G.H.P. , 
M. Ex. Comp. George A. Lambert, P.G.H.P. & Grand Secretary, 
M. Ex. Comp. Wright J. Burley, P.G.H.P., 

R. Ex. Comp. Clifford A. McDonald, our Grand Representative near the 
Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch Masons. 

M. Ex. Comp. E. Ray Jenkins, G.H.P., 

M. Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, P.G.H.P., our Grand Representative near 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio. 

Comp. Arthur L. Miller, M. Ex. P.G.H.P., The Grand Holy Royal Arch 
Chapter of Pennsylvania, our Grand Representative near this Grand 

M. Ex. Comp. A. Butler Williams, G.H.P., Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons 
of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. 

M. Ex. Comp. Anderson B. Honts, G.H.P., Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons in Virginia. 

M. Ex. President & R. Ex. Comp. Dr. George E. French of the Grand Council 
of the Order of High Priesthood of Ontario. 


ON I \R1() 

M. ill. Grand Master & V. Ex. Com]). Win. J. South com be of the Grand 
Council of Royal and Select Masters of Ontario. 
( \\ \D\ 

M. 111. LP. Grand Sovereign & R. Ex. Comp. Andrew F. Tannahill, represent- 
ing M. I. Sovereign Francis F. Simmons of the Masonic Military Order 
of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine. 
ON 1 \R1() Al v Wl 

R. Wor. Bro. 8c R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn, Deputy Grand Master, 
representing Most Wor, Bro. ><: Comp. Bishop William L. Wright, Grand 
Master, and R. Wor. Bro. 8e. Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary, 
of the (.rand lodge of Vncient Free & Accepted Masons of Canada in 
the Province of Ontario. 

Most Excellent Comp, House announced: 

"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly vouched for, will 
he made welcome during the Convocation." 


By the (.rand Chaplain, R. Ex. Comp. Rev. George H. Thomas 

The delegates joined in singing the hymn— "O God Our Help in Ages Past". 




Almighty and Eternal Father, Supreme Ruler of the Universe, whose praise 
ever arises from the whole creation; we the children of Thy faithful Love and 
Providence, would raise our voices in thankful praise for all Thy tender mercies 
and gracious kindnesses throughout our days. Ever Thou hast blest us, vouchsafe 
now to this our Annual Convocation a continuance of Thy beneficence and 

Endue the Grand Council and all others, our leaders with a competency of 
Thy Divine Wisdom so that Thy most gracious will shall be truly performed. 
Forward in us Thy holy purposes so that all we desire and undertake shall be 
governed by harmony and fraternal love thus redounding to Thy glory now 
and evermore: Amen. 


There be some of them who have left a name, so that men declare their 
praise; and there be some who. have no memorial. But all were merciful men, 
and their uprightness shall not be forgotten. Their bodies were buried in peace, 
but their names shall live for evermore. Peoples will recite their wisdom and 
the congregation will declare their praise. 

And now, bless ye the God of all, who everywhere doeth wondrous things, 
and dealeth with us according to His mercy. 


Ever Merciful and Compassionate God, our Father, whose heavenly presence 
is the eternal delight of all faithful and righteous souls, we render Thee hearty 
thanks for the lives and service of the companions of former days whose 
memories we commemorate at this hour. For all that was worthy in them, we 
praise Thee, in their frailties we commend them to Thy tender mercy and 
loving kindness. 

To Thy Fatherly Goodness we commend those their loved ones who mourn 
their passing. May they learn Thy sustaining grace in full measure, and may 
the fraternal sympathy of us all be a comfort and support as they take up 
the burdens of life in sorrow and loneliness. 

\nd now, O Loving Father, to Thee do we commend ourselves and our 
loved ones. Grant that we may so live as to profit by the high example of those, 
(»ui companions, who have entered into Thy celestial mansions, and thus magnify 
Thee. So shall we ever praise and glorify Thee here in this life and through 
all eternity. Amen. 

The delegates then joined in singing 




The Grand /., Most Ex. Comp. John L. House requested the Grand Director 

of Ceremonies. V. Ex. Comp. Reginald Shaw to present the living Past Grand Z's. 

I he following were present: 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, O.C., Grand /., 1943-1944. 

M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reginald V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946. 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948. 

M. Fx. Comp. Clarence McL. Pitts, Grand Z., 1949-1950. 

M. Fx. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw, Grand Z., 1951-1952. 

M. Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor, Grand Z., 1954-1954. 

M. Fx. Comp. J. L. House extended a warm and sincere welcome to the 

Past Grand Z's. after which Grand Honours were accorded, and M. Ex. Comp. 

J. M. Burden spoke on behalf of the Grand Z's. 

M. Fx. Comp. J. L. House, Grand Z., introduced Ex. Comp. Jack Roche, LP., 

First Principal of Yukon Chapter 256, Yukon Territory, from the floor of Grand 

Chapter, to the assembled Companions. (He received a warm welcome and 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 
( i rand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

The Excellent First Principals, on behalf of the Chapters of Toronto 
Districts, Nos. 8 and 8A, sincerely welcome you to Toronto for the 98th Annual 
Convocation of Grand Chapter, and hereby pledge our loyalty and fidelity. 

We are well aware. Most Excellent Sir, of the zeal you have shown and the 
many personal sacrifices you are making in the interests of Capitular Masonry 
throughout our Jurisdiction. 

It is with a great deal of pleasure we extend most cordial greetings and 
welcome to our Companions from the United States of America, and hope their 
sojourn with us will be most profitable and pleasant. 

To the representatives of other Grand Bodies in Masonry, and to the 
Companions who come from the various Provinces of our fair Dominion to 
attend this Convocation, we assure them they are most heartily welcome. 

As we now present you with this address of welcome it recalls to our minds 
the many hours you have spent in promoting Capitular Masonry in the Juris- 
diction and the gracious and sincere affection for all those with whom you come 
in contact. 

The Principals of twenty-six Chapters of the two Toronto Districts as an 
expression of their appreciation would ask you to accept this gift as a remem- 
brance of our pleasant fraternal associations. 


District No. 8 
The St. Andrew and St. John, No. 4 

H. J. McCaw, R. Dearden 
King Solomon's. No. 8 

H. N. Can. G. McConnell 
York, No. 62 

J. Shield, W. Mitchell 
St. Paul's, No. 65 

A. McLeod, A. C. L. Wildman 
Orient, No. 79 

A. O. Cook, G. A. Duguicl 
Succoth, No. 135 

M. Acton, S. G. Egginton 
The St. Patrick, No. 145 

A. J. Martin, C. L. Ford 
The Beaches, No. 163 

G. E. Allen, F. F. Milk 
Victoria, No. 205 

H. I nee, E. Andrews 

District No. 8 A 
Occident, No. 77 

H. Lesy, W. R. Brankstone 
Toronto-Antiquity, No. 91 

C. House, W. Wiseman 
Shekinah, No. 138 

T. R. Todd, R. R. Parsons 
Peel, No. 195 

E. Carney, W. C. Spink 
Mount Sinai, No. 212 

M. Fidler, A. L. Weisman 
Mimico, No. 215 

G. H. Walker, W. B. Angst 
Ulster, No. 219 

T. H. Barker, L. Pilson 
Lebanon, No. 220 

G. Horner, J. B. Richardson 
Port Credit, No. 230 

C. M. Lobban, A. R. Jamieson 


\ km v No. 217 The St. Clair 

I R Briscoe, W. ). Raeburn 1). N. Pugsley, E. C. Hanson 

Beaver, No. 225 King Cyrus, No. 232 

S W. Alexander, |. 'Gra\ C. |. Henry, W. F. Roberts 

turora, No. 235 Oakwood, No. 233 

(.. Chatburn, ]. R. Jennings E.W. Humphreys, C. E. McClocklin 

xsity, No. 241 Hiimber, No. 246 

F. Hacking, R. S. Fole) R. Cruise, H. E. Harrison 

( \I. Platten F. S. Fordham 

Grand Superintendent (.rand Superintendent 

1). B. Young J. R. Johnson 

Secretary Secretary 

M. Ex. Comp. [ohn 1. House thanked the two (.rand Superintendents for 
their kind and thoughtful address of welcome to Grand Chapter, and for the 
presentation ol the beautiful silver serving tray for Mrs. House, he assured them 
that he appreciated their efforts throughout the year, and lie wished the Toronto 
Districts continued success for the years to come. 


I he Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the Proceedings 
pi the Ninety-Seventh Annual Convocation, held in the City of Toronto, when it 
itfa« moved l>\ M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. M. A. 

Resolved— "That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, held 
Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, 1955, have been printed and copies 
thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the recorded Minutes be 
considered as read, and the same is now confirmed." 

It was moved b\ M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. M. A. Searle. and— 

Resolved— "That the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation be 
changed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 


R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, Chairman of the Credentials Committee 
reported that there are 156 Warranted Chapters on the Roll of Grand Chapter, 
ol which 136 Chapters were represented by the following: — 
Chaptc r 
No. I-R. Currie, /.; D. Shepherd, H.; T. N. Clarke, H. J. Milne, C. H. Hall, 

No. 2-G. A. Fuller. /.: A. Miller, H.; A. E. Carver, J.; J. L. Leith, W. A. 

Wilton, C. R. Lloyd, P.Z's. 
No. 3-J. H. Moss, /.: S. Taylor, H.; E. Gall, J.; E. W. Hall, W. H. Parker, 

1 R. Dearden, /.: (,. K. Johnston, H.; R. E. Cain, J.; H. B. Pickell, 

(.. G. Sheppard, L. G. Jackson, R. N. McElhinney, V. L. Mutton, 

(.. Garnett, 1. E. Peck, W. F. Eecles, H. E. Hodgins, C. F. Tye, 

H. J. McCaw, P.Z's. 
No. VI \ Allen. /., J. G. Wright, H.; D. Smith, J.; T. W. Fryer, A. 

Cavenagh, A. G. Folmer, W. T. Newman, J. A. Kennedy, P.Z's. 
No. 6-J. McRee. Z.; K. C. Ridge, H.; D. L. Stewart, J.; F. Scott, C. R. 

Lloyd, P.Z's. 
7-F. K. Hodgin, /.: W. B. Humphreys, H.; J. L.Diamond, J.; H. S. 

McElrath, P.Z's. 
No. 8-G. A. McConnell, /.; D. J. Rcid, H.; S. R. Sleeman, J.; A. T. Lewis, 

H. N. Can, A. L. linker, F. J. Johnson, A. Carwithen, S. F. 

Hutchinson. W. R. Shaw, E. M.Woolcock, A. Otis, W. Holywell, 

F. Holliday, P.Z's. 
No. 15 \. [. Jordan. /.: W . E. Eldridge, H.; A. W. Armstrong, J.; J. W. 

( hriston, W. J. Southcombe, P.Z's. 
N" 16 I \ Shane, /.: H. Burmaster, H.; J. F. Markev, J.; F. A. McDiarmid, 

I B. Gillespie, W. Neville, R.'j. Axcell, N. Bright, J. Grav, P.Z's. 


No. 18-A. E. Thurlow, Z.; H. Parker, H.; F. Buttler, J.; A. Wishart, G. K. 

Mansell, P.Z's. 
No. 19-W. Anderson, Z.; W. S. Coolin, H.; A. Fenning, J.; A. E. Coombs, 

W. J. Rose, J. Dickie, J. P. Hudson, F. B. Lottridge, C. M. 

Porter, P.Z's. 
No. 20-E. DeMontmorency, Z.; J. R. Lovell, H.; E. L. Townson, J.; R. W. E. 

McFadden, S. B. O. Valentine, P.Z's. 
No. 22-E. A. Barnard, Z. 

No. 23-D. M. Reeves, Z.; D. H. Ford, H.; J. R. Cook, J.; C. O. Hurst, P.Z's 
No. 24-R. R. Morrice, Z.; G. Smith, H.; F. G. Heard, J.; F. Bradley, G. S. 

Barr, R. H. Davis, P.Z's. 
No. 26-A. Jackson, Z.; P. Deduke, H.; J. Cole, J.; C. H. Kinnear, N. M. 

Sprague, H. Burke, P.Z's. 
No. 27-G. S. Hudson, Z.; N. Fisher, H. Chapman, J.; F. C. Bendell, J. 

McFadyen, P.Z's 
No. 28-D. W. Ives, Z.; W. L. Houston, H.; J. L. Lovell, J.; S. J. Balic, D. Ross, 

W. W. Purdy, H. O. Flintoff, P.Z's. 
No. 29-R. Ash, Z.; A. Regg, H.; J. Wright, J.; O. M. Krick, W. A. Farr, F. R. 

Martin, P.Z's. 
No. 31-D. Campbell, Z.; H. Alder, H.; D. Huff, J.; E. R. Hodgson, P.Z's. 
No. 32-D. J. Marriott, P.Z, Proxy, F. C. Ackert, T. Forrester, P.Z's. 
No. 34-A. K. Ruddick, Z.; R. A. Stewart, H. E. McCullough, P.Z's. 
No. 35-C. W. Stafford, Z.; H. L. Pringle, A. E. Kearney, P. S. Conibear, I. N. 

R. Thomas, P.Z's. 
No. 36-D. D. Brown, E. W. Edmondson, Proxy, P.Z's. 
No. 37— R. Brown, Z.; R. Yearwood, J.; E. J. Barrowclough, P.Z's. 
No. 40-C. D. Van Norman, Z.; M. C. Watson, H.; J. F. Marr, W. J. Van 

Norman, J. A. Robertson, C. E. Morgan, P. Mercer, J. W. Frey, 

No. 41-E. C. Johnson, Z.; J. Eckhardt, E. A. Webber, H. R. Nagle, P.Z's. 
No. 44-M. S. Clark, Z.; A. V. Roy, P.Z'.s 
No. 45— A. Wolfrain, Proxy, A. A. Kimp, P.Z's. 
No. 46-Rev. A. K. Campbell, Z.; R. F. Stewart, J. W. Durr, P.Z's. 
No. 47-W. G. Powers, Z.; L. H. Veale, P.Z's. 

No. 48— W. S. Cooper, Proxy, E. F. McFadyen, F. L. Searanche, P.Z's. 
No. 53— J. R. Stewart, Z.; W. H. Rolston, H. 
No. 54-J. Oswald, Proxy, P.Z. 
No. 55— W. E. Brown, Z.; F. L. Thomson, H; E. H. Brennan, C. A. Larson, 

No. 56-W. T. Kennedy, Z. 
No. 62-V. Sharp, Z.; W. M. Mitchell, H.; R. A. C. Wells, J.; S. H. B. Tonkin, 

W. J. Grierson, C. M. Platten, D. B. Young, J. Shield, P.Z's. 
No. 63-D. MacArthur, Z.; J. E. MacLaurin, H.; F. E. McPherson, J.; F. E. 

Schelroth, R. J. Kincaid, M. W. McGaw, A. M. Bennett, C. O. 

Bridge, P.Z's. 
No. 64-R. H. Dilamarter, Z.; R. S. Doan, H.; E. Haley, J.; J. G. Frame, J. E. 

Middleton, L. R. Brennan, F. H. Hardy, C. E. Griffin, E. C. 

Hudon, W r . Barron, P.Z's. 
No. 65-A. C. L. Wildman, Z.; W. A. Addison, H.; J. S. Macdonald, J.; H. B. 

Lane, C. B. Parker, C. C. Kilner, N. S. Clark, H. G. Robb, P.Z's. 
No. 66-A. Corby, Z.; D. E. Kyle, H.; W. J. F. Bell, J.; J. Back, N. E. Clarke, 

J. W. Crick, P.Z's. 
No. 67-A. M. Schneider, Z.; G. Storey, H.; L. Morphy, J.; J. I. Edwards, D. 

A. Cox, G. H. Thomas, P.Z's. 
No. 68-M. Haggins, Z.; W. B. Butler, H.; J. L. Barnes, H. D. Hyndman, P.Z's. 
No. 69— A. Jarvis, Proxy, P.Z. 

No. 71— E. Moyes, Z.; N. Walford, H.; B. Armsrong, J. 
No. 73-P. L. Lalonde, Z.; A. Overfield, H.; H. Hunter, J. 
No. 75-R. J. Hamilton, Z.; J. A. M. Taylor, P.Z's. 
No. 76-F. Blanchard, Z.; K. Miller, H.; A. G. Ness, J.; C. H. Sheppard, G. E. 

French, C. L. Leys, J. H. Hughes, J. E. Brant, C. L. Dill, P.Z's. 
No. 77-W. R. Brankston, Z.; F. P. Wrattan, H.; G. Cleverden, J.; R. Falconer, 


S G Newdick, W. H. Murchinson, A. Green, S. E. Solley, J. M. 

Burden, H. Smith. J. T. Gilchrist, G. W. Elms, A. J. Prince, W. 

1. Damp, C. W. Emmett, S. Bustard, H. P. Hopkinson, W. 

Shearer, D. Falconer, E. H. Hogaboom, E. O. Isard, J. W. Wood- 
land. l\/v 
No. 79-G. Duguid, /.: W. Scott, H.: C. Winney, J. 
No. 80— G. 1 Smyth, /.: R. Young, H.; A. D. Bates, J.; H. P. Porter, W. E. 

rregenza, (. P. Marshall, F. Pithic. 
No. 81— G. Pressey, /.: R. E. Moore. 11.: L. Simpson, J.; C. Pressey, H. P. 

(.rant. S. 1). 1 ace) . I'.Z's. 
No. 82-M. W. Pearce, /.: J. C. Stewart. H.; C. Seal, J.; R. Routly, P.Z's. 
No. 83— W. S. Thompson. Z.; C. O. Broyden, H.; D. R. Oerton, J.; A. W. 

Gillespie, Proxy, P.Z's. 
No. 84— E. Gauley, /.: A. Robertson, H.; S. Scott, J.; M. Davis, T. Burke, 

J. McLean, P.Z's. 
No. 88— D. J. McCaughrin, Z.; J. H. Smith, H.; H. Johnson, J.; E. H. Logan, 

H. M. Dunlop, Proxy, P.Z's. 
No. 90-C, E. Letman, A. Barclay, P.Z's. 
\ 91-W. Wiseman, /..; I. Danhower, H.; J. Short, J.; J. Silk, J. Bailey, A. 

Brook, D. Calder, S. Donnan, A. Geary, C. Howes, A. Kitchen, 

R. Somerville, W. Stewart, A. Tannahill, P.Z's. 
No. 94-G. M. Innis, Z.; H. E. Bouch, H.; S. W. Gould, L. A. Gilkinson, W. C. 

Blackwell, A. Rettie, G. McCombe, P.Z's. 
No. 95— G. Shute, Proxy, E. A. Martin, E. T. Quemey, C. E. Eby, G. Grieve, 

No. 103-H. Haley, P.Z., Proxy. 

NO. 104-C. T. Sherry, G. B. Gibson, W. R. Edwards, P.Z's. 
No. 110-A. Buchanan, Z.; J. S. Ewing, H. S. Ewing, P.Z's. 
No. 113— F. A. McLean, Z.; A. Mitchell, P.Z's. 
NO. 114-H. W. Mavhew, P.Z. 

No. 115-N. B. McAlpine. Z.; G. W. Robertson, J. 
No. 116-M. P. Morris, Z.; W. H. Hooper, A. J. Illingworth, R. C. Wilson, W. 

H. Edwards. P.Z's. 
No. 117— A. B. Shoemaker, Z.; A. C. Mason, I. Tucker, B. M. McNaughton, 

(,. H. Shannon, P.Z's. 
No. 119— L. E. Henderson, Z.; J. A. Mclntyre, H.; R. A. Willett, P.Z. 
No. 129-E. W. Brimk, Z.; I. Benson, H.; J. Isaac, J.; F. E. Porterfield, H. 

Dungey, P.Z's. 
No. 130—1 . Avis, 7.; J. Norton, C. H. Hauser, P.Z's. 
No. 131-0. Greig.Z.; L. McKenzie, H.; G. Bell, D. R. Davidson, C. H. Whicher, 

P. Z's. 
No. 133-G. P. Marshall, Z.; G. W. Morrison, H.; T. J. Porter, R. B. McCleary, 

E. E. Armstrong, G. A. Phillips, P.Z's. 
No. 135-M. W. Acton, H. V. Watson, P.Z's. 
No. 138-R. R. Parsons, Z.; J. C. Spencer, H.; A. S. Watson, J.; H. O. Hughes, 

E. E. Dobson, T. R. Todd, G. W. Tyndall, E. H. Hughes, W. 

J. Harris, G. H. A. Swanston, R. Ackerman, C. E. Wells, J. Benson, 

E. A. Snell, P.Z's. 
No. 140-M. W. Pearse, P.Z., Proxy. 
No. 143— S. McLennan, Z. 

No. Ill-H. E. Bonisteel, Z.; K. A. McQuoid, P.Z. • 
No. 145-C. L. Ford, Z.; B. K. Bell, H.; T. R. Tompkins, J.; J. R. Legacy, C. A. 

E. Wass, A. J. Martin, P. W. Rogers, E. E. Reid, R. H. Dee, 

T. S. Westcott, W. C. Johnston, M. A. Searle, R. J. Lewis, 

R. L. Carr, L. B. Morrison, G. Gordon, W. E. Pomeroy, P.Z's. 
No. 146-A. Dodds, Z.; F. Day, J.; S. J. Coghlin, W. H. Sargent, S. J. Bartja, 

A. Dahmer, P. Fatum, M. G. Beatty, W. M. Henderson, F. Hay, 

L. E. Adair, G. MacDonald, L. Schure, R. Martin, J. A. Wilson, 

No. 147-J. Hovle, Z.; J. W. Joynt, G. W. Joynt, W. A. Porteous, J. W. Stewart, 

II \. Hughes, F. J. Salkeld, P.Z's. 
No. i;,0-D. A. McDonald, Z.; A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. W. Carson, J. Bell, P.Z's. 


No. 151 -W. J. Charles, Z.; R. Childerhouse, H.; E. T. Wood, E. C. McCullagh, 

No. 152-P. C. Freeberg, P.Z. 
No. 153— J. Burnett, P. Z., Proxy. 
No. 155-G. Penny, J.; A. S. Martin, G. Allison, J. H. Lindsay, J. H. Woodley, 

J. G. Meyers, P.Z's. 
No. 161-T. Lloyd, Proxy, P.H. Nayler, P.Z's. 
No. 163-F. F. Mills, Z.; A. J. Stringer, H. Perkins, F. Spracklin, T. Middleton, 

No. 164— J. L. Atkinson, Proxy, P.Z. 
No. 167-C. P. Eagles, Proxy, J. R. Parrott, P.Z's. 
No. 168-D. Meyers, Z. 
No. 168— J. C. Martin, Z.; J. Penman, P.Z. 
No. 175-B. C. Tebbs, Z.; J. H. Rogers, H.; J. R. Dunbar, W. J. Shaw, F. W. Dean, 

A. P. L. Goering, D. L. Ewing, P.Z's. 
No. 184-H. S. Winkworth, Proxy, P.Z. 
No. 195-H. Spratt, Proxy, R. V. Conover, O. T. Walker, H. McClure, F. Kline, 

K. Davidson, P.Z's. 
No. 198-W. J. Foster, Z.; D. C. Patmore, W. Russell, P.Z's. 
No. 205-E. Andrews, Z.; G. A. Gardner, J.; G. Topper, H. S. Sparks, L. R. 

Marwood, C. C. Mabley, C. W. Martin, R. A. Marsh, J. H. Pugh, 

H. Ince, P.Z's. 
No. 210-J. L. Steele, Proxy, P.Z. 
No. 212-A. L. Weismah, Z.; M. Cooper, S. Perlman, S. Sword, A. L. Tinker, 

J. A. Taylor, P.Z's. 
No. 213— J. A. Piatt, Z.; A. F. McDowell, P.Z. 

No. 215-W. B. Angst, Z.; T. B. Rogers, M. Hahn, G. H. Walker, P.Z's. 
No. 217-W. J. Raeburn, Z.; W. Wyllie, H.; J. J. Mehaffy, J.; J. L. House, 

J. A. Mackie, J. A. Burton, H. A. F. Schytte, H. E. Walker, 

C. R. Kincaid, J. Turnbull, W. J. Webber, T. R. Briscoe, P.Z's. 
No. 218— J. Doney, Z.; J. C. McGhee, I. Edwards, W. Newell, P.Z's. 
No. 219-L. C. Pilson, Z.; A. D. Napier, H.; E. Sithes, J.; R. A. Boddy, H. C. 

Kesteven, J. L. Hewson, J. W. McCulla, C. E. Kesteven, D. S. 

MacLachlan, J. S. Brenner, G. Macdonald, G. R. Sheard, T. H. 

Barker, P.Z's. 
No. 220-J. B. Richardson, Z.; A. R. Jefferson, H.; J. A. Christenson, J.; G. H. 

Horner, J. A. Evans, W. J. Newlove, W. H. Carr, B. N. Carr, 

W. M. Creech, W. F. Leuty, J. H. Dicken, W. A. McKague, P.Z's. 
No. 221— J. E. Evans, Z.; P. Ramage, H. McKechnie, L. Armstrong, P.Z's. 
No. 222-E. D. Berry, Z.; C. M. Pitts, H. T. C. Humphries, P.Z's. 
No. 223-A. F. Righton, Z.; J. L. Kincade, P.Z. 
No. 224-J. S. Drysdale, J. A. Atkinson, F. Eastwod, P.Z's. 
No. 225-J. Gray, Z.; F. W. D. Welham, H.; C. F. Carter, J.; S. W. Alexander, 

C. E. Woodstock, J. S. Pickard, W. Pendleton, J. C. Day, R. 
Wilson, J. F. Winton, F. H. Carter, C. L. Carter, P.Z's. 

No. 227-C. McMullen, Z.; J. Williams, H.; M. R. Anderson, J. E. Bateman, 

R. D. Adams, B. H. Smith, P. E. Kerr, P.Z's. 
No. 230-A. R. Jamieson, Z.; R. Young, H.; J. W. Arnold, J.; W. A. Maxwell, 

D. J. McKee, C. M. Lobban, P.Z's. 

No. 231-E. C. Hanson, Z.; H. F. Edmondson, H.; B. Settle, J.; J. W. Woodland, 
H. L. Martyfi, A. E. Johnson, M. L. Martyn, W. K. Herd, 
W. G. Davey, L. A. Stiver, D. S. Moncrieff, G. E. Henry, P.Z's. 

No. 232-E. A. Mayes, J.; C. R. Harris, R. Fick, Proxy, P.Z's. 

No. 233-C. E. McClocklin, Z.; W. Burton, H.; B. C. Alford, J.; W. E. Gardner, 

A. E. Hayward, J. Burns, A. M. D. Hannafi, S. R. Heaps, S. Carlile, 
C. F. Bolton, A. Munroe, E. W. Humphreys, P.Z's. 

No. 234-L. Tracey, Z.; J. Addy, W. Cromar, P.Z's. 

No. 235-J. R. Jennings, Z.; H. Barron, H.; G. M. Donovan, J.; F. D. Lacey, 

W. F. Boaks, T. Newton, P.Z's. 
No. 236-E. C. Reid, E. Burke, H. S .Merrall, P.Z's. 
No. 238-L. T. Former, Z.; W. L. Davies, H.; C. F. MacDonald, W. Hodge, 

B. S. Scott, W. C. Chapman, E. W. Mitchell, R. Taig, P.Z's. 


No. 240 I Ha\s. |. N. Davis, Proxy, S. Magder, ). N. Smith, W. \. McKinnell, 

i'/ V 
No. 241 R S. Foley, /.: H. A. Parkes, H.; E. Pickles, W. S. M. Enouy, V. Voaden, 

C. E. Dickenson, A. Pickles, H. s. Biggs, R. C. Pollock, P.Z's. 
No. 242 O. Kennedy, /.; F. Sheppard, D. B. Allen. H. Lipsit, J. Lawrence, P.Z's. 
No. 243-R. E. Hill, /.: |. II. Lee, E. I. Spera, P.Z's. 
No. 245-G. R. Cook, /.. F. Illingworth, A. P. Hertel, 1.. R. Hertel, W. Corry, 

No 246— H. E. Harrison. /.; (.. (.nnn. H.; J. M. Bremmer, J.: F. S. Fordham, 

A. F. Nesbit, Sr., H. J. Rees, R. H. Taylor, JR. Johnson, P.Z's. 
No. 247 I Carswell, /.; W. Smale, (.. linker, I.. J. Gent, P.Z's. 
No. 249-A. E. Moffatt, /.: A. 1.. Blanchard, H.; C. J. Allin, J.; N. A. Wilkins, 

|. Baker. E. H. Brown, W. R. Strike, L. W. Dippell, H. Ferguson, 

A. W. K. Northcutt, H. (.. Freeman, W. H. Gibson, H. G. Gose, 

No. 250-L. Dowdell, Z. 

No. 251— C. W. Davis, /.: M. Kaplan, F. W. Goombs, R. Bilbrough, P.Z's. 
No. 252-J. H. Coleman. Prow. P.Z. 

No. 253-F. M. Given, /.; R. Hagen, J.; H. V. Ryerse, A. F. Williamson, P.Z's. 
No. 254-A. Barclav. Prow. P./.. 
No. 255— C. H. Swatridge, /.; R. D. MacDonald, W. L. Young, C. Fotheringham, 

No. 256-J. P. Roche, P.Z. 

No. 257— A. J. Morrison. Z.; J. F. Boucher, S. D. Spence, P.Z's. 
The following 20 Chapters were not represented: 

Huron No. 30, King Hiram No. 57, Pembroke No. 58, Sussex St. Lawrence 
No. 59, Granite No. 61. Kevstone No. 72, Beaver No. 74, Minnewawa No. 78, 
Algonquin No. 102, St. John's No. 112, Leeds No. 132, King Darius No. 134, 
St. John's No. 118, Atwood No. 149, Klondike No. 154 Cobalt No. 203, Vimy 
No. 214, Prince of Wales No. 226, Blenheim No. 239, Dochert No. 248. 
136 Chapters represented. 
20 Chapters not represented. 


There were 727 Registered Delegates having a total vote of 856. 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

JOSEPH BENSON, Vice-Chairman. 
It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. W. Woodland and: — 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Credentials be received 
and adopted. 


The Most Excellent, the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. to call the 
roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions, when they assembled before 
the Altar. The following Grand Representatives answered their names: 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, Toronto Alabama 


Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

Percy W. Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

G. Howard Coleman, Sarnia Arkansas 

John A. Mackie, Toronto British Columbia 

D. Calder, Toronto California 

Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

B. H. Smith, Belleville District of Columbia 

E. T. Querney, Sudbury Georgia 

F. A. McDiarmid, Ottawa Idaho 

J. W. Woodland, Toronto Illinois 

A. F. linker, Toronto Indiana 

R. W. McFadden, Brantford Ireland 

A. P. Coering, Hamilton Kansas 


R. ' " J. Carson, London Louisiana 

V. " A. J. Stringer, Toronto Massachusetts 

M. " " Fred W. Dean, Hamilton Michigan 

R. " " F. Carl Ackart, Gait Minnesota 

R. " " H. T. C. Humphries, Ottawa Mississippi 

R. ' " W. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " A. Cavanagh, London New Brunswick 

R. " " N. M. Sprague, Trenton New Hampshire 

R. " " G. H. Shannon, Kitchener New Jersey 

R. " " F. J. Johnson, Long Branch New South Wales 

M. " " John M. Burden, Toronto New York 

R. " " J. Austin Evans, Toronto New Zealand 

R. " " Joseph Penman, New Liskeard North Carolina 

R. " " L. Hewson, Toronto North Dakota 

M. " " C. M. Pitts, Ottawa Nova Scotia 

M. " " A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Ohio. 

R. " Wra. E. Tregenza, Windsor Oregon 

M. " " J onn L. House, Toronto Pennsylvania 

M. " " J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby Quebec 

R. ' " E. H. Brennan, Leamington Rhode Island 

V. " " Alex. McD. Hannah, Toronto Scotland 

R. " " D. C. Patmore, Orillia South Dakota 

R. " " Chas. Fotheringham, Perth Tennessee 

V. " " J. T. Gilchrist, Toronto Utah 

R. " " Chas. H. Sheppard, Niagara Falls Vermont 

V. " " Sydney G. Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " M. A. Searle, Toronto Washington 

R. " " Wm. J. Shaw, Hamilton Western Australia 

R. " " S. Perlman, Toronto Wisconsin 

R. " " Geo Shute, Sudbury Wyoming 

Most Ex. Comp. J. L. House extended a warm welcome to the representatives 

and asked them to keep in contact with their respective Grand Chapters and 

to try to strengthen the fraternal bonds of union with our sister jurisdictions. 
Grand Honors were then given to the 44 representatives, M. Ex. Comp. C. M. 
Pitts spoke on behalf of all representatives present. 



To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, The 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

At the last Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter, you honored 
me by entrusting to my care the duties of the high and important 
office of Grand First Principal, until Grand Chapter should again 
meet in Annual Convocation. 

Twelve months have come and gone and another page of history 
has been written and by the Grace of The Almighty another mile- 
stone in our life. 

We assemble to meet and exchange ideas for the promotion and 
welfare of our great institution, Royal Arch Masonry. 

We are again meeting in the City of Toronto, the second largest 
cit\ in Canada. A city of which we are very proud. Masonically 
speaking there are in the 5 Toronto districts 118 Craft Lodges, and 
26 Royal Arch Chapters in the two Toronto districts, a record of 
which we as Masons, can be justly proud. We are again indebted 
to our hosts the Principal Associations of the two Toronto districts, 
Eight and Eight A. To R. Ex. Comp. Chas. Emmett, Immediate Past 
President, we extend our thanks for the kind invitation to meet here 
and to the Grand Superintendents R. Ex. Comps. C. M. Platten and 
F. S. Fordham, also all members of the Association for their con- 
tributions on our behalf. 

My Companions it gives me much pleasure at this time to wel- 
come you to our 98th Annual Convocation. 

To the honored and distinguished guests, we extend fraternal 
and neighbourly greetings. With representatives from Sister Juris- 
dictions—The Sfother Grand Lodge and other Sovereign bodies — 
no Convocation of this Grand Chapter could possibly enjoy the 
measure of success which their helpful presence assures. 

We are grateful to them for their attendance. Here we meet 
the glad handclasp and genial smile of old friends and encompass 
with the fraternal chain of love and friendship those who come to us 
on their first visit. 

We are pleased to extend a warm and sincere welcome to a 
distinguished Brother and Companion who is with us, representing 
the Most Worshipful Grand Master, William L. Wright, Archbishop 
of Algoma, previous engagements prevented his attending our 
Giand Convocation. Right Worshipful Brother and Right Excellent 
Companion Harry L. Martyn, Deputy Grand Master, we are de- 


lighted to have you with us. Your presence will add considerably 
to our Convocation. We would appreciate your extending to the 
Grand Master our pledge of continued loyalty and allegiance to him 
and Grand Lodge. 

He is accompanied by Rt. Wor. Bro. Grand Secretary and 
Companion Ewart G. Dixon, O.C. whom I wish to thank for his 
ready and willing helpfulness to me during the past year. 


Since our last Annual Convocation, Grand Chapter has suffered 
the loss of a large number of our Companions who have been called 
from Labour to Eternal Rest. 

I am not unmindful of the pathos which marks our gathering 
here today. The Angel of Death who is none other than the 
Ambassador of the Larger Life called from the earthly life many 
of our Companions whom we expected to greet today. 

I wish to make mention of our Senior Past Grand First Princi- 
pal, L. F. Stephens, who passed to his reward shortly before the last 
Convocation of our Grand Chapter, and mention of his passing was 
recorded in the proceedings. However, it was requested that a com- 
mittee be appointed to write a Memorial to Most Ex. Companion 
Stephens. This was attended to and I appointed M. E. Companions, 
J. M. Burden, C. M. Pitts and F. W. Dean, Chairman, to prepare the 
Memorial which will be presented during the Convocation. 

"How well he fell asleep, 
Like some proud river, winding towards the sea, 
Calm and grandly, silently and deep, 
Life joined eternity." 

The Committee on Fraternal Dead will make a complete report 
on our losses. 


I received many invitations from Sister Jurisdictions and other 
Masonic bodies during my year as your Grand First Principal and 
I thank them most sincerely, but there was one which occurs once 
in the life time of man. I refer to the invitation to attend the One 
Hundreth Anniversary of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Prov- 
ince of Ontario. This was an outstanding occasion. The Divine 
Service held at the Exhibition Grand Stand was filled to capacity. 
The Grand Lodge Communication was carried through with dignity 
and despatch by Most Worshipful Brother Jos. A. Hearn, Grand 
Master. The Wednesday night Banquet was attended by over three 
thousand Masons. Truly a magnificent affair, a memorable event 
never to be forgotten. I thank Most Worshipful Brother Jos. A. 
Hearn for his kind invitation and the gracious manner he received 
your Grand First Principal in his Grand Lodge. 


On August 6th, 1955, I was guest of the (.rand Imperial Con- 
clave of Red Cross of Constantino at Toronto and received a warm 
welcome 1>\ Most illustrious Grand Sovereign Andrew F. Tannahill. 

On October 2 1st, I was guest of the Grand Chapter of Michigan, 
and warmly welcomed by Most Ex. Comp Naylor, their Grand High 
Priest, a most enjoyable Convocation. I was accompanied by M. Ex. 
Comp. Fred Dean, our Grand Treasurer and Representative. 

On October 26th. I was guest of Most Ex. Companion Webb of 
the Grand Chapter of Virginia. A most interesting Convocation, and 
the Southern hospitality is something not soon to be forgotten, a 
{beautiful country with a background of early Masonic history. 

On December 12th, I was guest of the Grand Chapter of Mas- 
sachusetts which met in the Old City of Boston. A delightful city 
full of history. Most Ex. Companion Smith was an excellent host, 
and made our stay most enjoyable. I thank him for a delightful visit. 

On February 1st — Accompanied by Most Ex. Companion 
Burden, I attended as guest the Grand Chapter of New^ York at 
Albany. The Convocation was carried out with dignity by Most Ex. 
Companion, Atherton, G. H. P I must mention the kindness shown 
us by the Companions, especially M. Ex. Companion Wright Burley, 
and R. Ex. Companion Cliff McDonald, our Grand Representative, 
never dull a dull moment, I thank them most kindly. 

I was unable to attend the Grand Chapter of Ohio, but was 
represented by Most Ex. Companion Bradshaw, from whom I re- 
ceived a most glowing report of the Convocation and how he was 
entertained by Most Ex. Companion James Gorham, P.G.H.P our 
Giand Representative. 

Owing to a business commitment on the same day as the Grand 
Chapter of Manitoba was meeting, I asked Most Ex. Companion 
[. A. M. Taylor to represent me which he kindly accepted. I re- 
ceived a letter from him stating they had a most successful Convo- 
cation and he was heartily welcomed on behalf of our Grand 
Chapter by M. Ex. Companion McGregor, G.Z. 


The Grand Chapters of New Hampshire 

New Brunswick 
Nova Scotia 
Rhode Island 
British Columbia 













Chapter, Lodge 

or Event Location Occasion 









■Grand Lodge 

-Grand Conclave 
Red Cross of 
•Conference of Can. 
Grand Chapters 

Canada Lodge 

-St. John Chapter 
-St. Albans Chapter 
-Grand Chapter 

of Michigan 
-Grand Chapter 

of Virginia 
-Divine Service 

Toronto Districts 





















Masonic Breakfast 
-Presentation of 50 Year 
-Occident Chapter 

-Divine Service 
Toronto Districts 8A 
-The St. Patrick 

-St. Francis 
-St. Albans Lodge 

-Temple Lodge 
-Grand Lodge of 

-Alpha Lodge 

-St. Albans Chapter 

-St. Andrews and St. 
John Chapter 
-St. Clair Chapter 

-St. Patrick Chapter 
-St. Albans Chapter 
-Principals Association 

-Grand Chapter of 
New York 

-Grand Chapter 
-Principals Association 
















Smith Falls 








13— Victoria Chapter 



Port Hope 

Royal Arch Degree by Grand 
Chapter Officers. 

Toronto Districts Annual Golf 

Official Guest. 
Official Guest. 
Official Delegate. 


Presentation of portrait to M. 
Wor. Bro. J. A. Hearn. 

100th Anniversary. 
Official Guest. 

Official Guest. 


Presented 50 Year Jewel and 

Grand Chapter Night Received 
honorary membership. Presented 
3 Fifty Year Jewels. 


Official Guest. 

Presented 3 Fifty Year Jewels at 
Companions' Homes. 


to retiring First 

Installation. Received honorary 




Annual Banquet. 

Official Guest. 

Advisory meeting. 
Annual meeting. 

Presented Fifty Year Jewels to 
nine Companions. 

\\\l \1 CONVOC \ l EONS, TORONTO, L956 21 


1 received in September an invitation to attend the Inter- 
national Night meeting at Cornwall, but at the last moment was 
unable to attend. I received a report from Rt. Ex. Companion 
Axe ell. The Grand Superintendent in this area, stating the meeting 
was a grand success. M. Ex. Companion C. M. Pitts was the Guest 
Speaker at the banquet. 

November 6th, I attended the International Breakfast in the 
City of Buffalo accompanied by R. Ex. Companion M. A. Searle, 
(.rand J. and Rt. Ex. Companion R. N. McElhinney. This was a 
unique occasion, being attended by over seven hundred Masons. 
The breakfast was held in Christ Church followed by Divine Service. 

On March 10th, an International Night was held at Port 
Huron, Michigan, and I accepted the invitation, but owing to 
stormy weather road conditions made travelling impossible. I wish 
to thank the American Companions for their kind invitation. 


During the year only one was held, this being the 100th Anni- 
versary of St. John Chapter, No. 6 Hamilton. I was accompanied 
b\ R. Ex. Companion M. A. Searle, Grand J., Rt. Ex. Companion 
F. J. Johnson, G.S.E., and several Companions from Toronto. This 
was a most enjoyable affair with a large attendance from surround- 
ing districts, and several Companions from New York State. This 
old Chapter has had a most interesting career and the future looks 


Sept. 13-1955 Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth; 

Sept. 14—1955 Presqu'ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton; 

Oct. 14—1955 Mt. Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines; 

Nov. 25—1955 St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smith Falls. 


During our last Convocation Most Ex. Companion J. A. M. 
Taylor under Rulings confirmed a ruling by the Grand Chapter 
in 1946 as follows: 

A Royal Arch Chapter of this Grand Jurisdiction wishing to 
visit a Chapter in another Jurisdiction, or receive a group from 
another Grand Jurisdiction for the purpose of exemplifying a degree 
or degrees, must obtain permission from the Grand Z of this Grand 
Chapter and from the Grand Hight Priest or Presiding Grand 
Officer of the other Grand Jurisdiction. 

I wish to state that several Chapters have not complied with this 
ruling during the past year. I am in accord with these visitations 
and believe they do much to cement fraternal relationship but 
should be arranged lor, by the proper procedure. 



I am pleased to note the ever growing number of Divine 
Services throughout the furisdiction. I wish to make reference to 
the service conducted by our Grand Chaplain, Rt. Ex. Companion 
G. H. Thomas, in his own Church at Markham. This was a com- 
bined service of the two Toronto Districts under the auspices of 
St. Albans Chapter. I was unable to attend this service being on 
vacation, but I was represented by R. Ex. Companion M. A. Searle, 
Grand J. and quote part of his letter to me. 

"The entire Service was indeed uplifting. The Sermon not only 
appropriate to the occasion, but most inspiring. I am quite sure 
that at the conclusion of the Service all the Companions present left 
with the feeling that it was good, to have been in attendance." 
To our Grand Chaplain I extend my sincere thanks. 


During the year a large number of 25 Year Past Principals 
Jewels were presented and I am delighted to know that many of 
these Past Principals are still active in their respective Chapters. 

The 50 Year Jewels presented this year were numerous. I would 
like, if I had the time, to present all these Jewels personally but this 
was impossible due to time and distance. I presented many of these 
Jewels under various conditions in Chapters, Hospitals and the 
Companion's homes. After many presentations these Companions 
remarked, "I am getting too old to attend my Chapter, but I am 
there in spirit, and know I have not been forgotten by my Com- 
panions." Two presentations I wish to make mention of, on April 
13th I presented nine Fifty Year Jewels at Victoria Chapter of Port 
Hope and on another occasion I arranged for the presentation to a 
Companion now living in Mexico City. To the Grand Super- 
intendent and other R. Ex. Companions I extend my thanks for 
your assistance in the presentation of these 50 Year Jewels. 

During the year the number of Twenty-five Year Past Principal 
Jewels presented totalled seventy-one. Fifty years a Royal Arch 
Mason a total of thirty-eight. The following is a list of names of 
the Companions. 

For Twenty-five Years Installed First Principal 


Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui No. 1— V. Ex. Comp. K. N. H. McCullagh. 

The Hiram No. 2-V. Ex. Comp. J. W. Craven. 

St. George's No. 5— V. Ex. Comp. R. W. Knapman. 

King Solomon's No. 8— Ex. Comp. Wm. Ince. 

Wawanosh No. 15— Ex. Comp. Hy. E. Fawcett. 

Carleton No. 16-Ex. Comp. P. L. Young, R. Ex. Comp. J. J. Corduke. 

Mount Moriah No. 19— R. Ex. Comp. J. Dickie, Ex. Comp. D. A. Cameron. 

St. Mark's No. 26-Ex. Comp. C. K. Orser. 

Manitou No. 27-R. Ex. Comp. F. C. Bendell, V. Ex. Comp. G. E. Munro. 

Pentalpha No. 28— Ex. Comp. W. R. Chapman. 

McCallum No. 29— Ex. Comp. J. A. Jackson. 

Huron No. 30— R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Roope. 

Prince Edward No. 31— Ex. Comp. J. H. Walmsley. 


Signet No. 54- V. Ex. Comp. E. R. Lewis. 
Corinthian No. 'M\ Ex. Comp. R. Bestard, 
Victoria No. 37— Ex. Comps. H. J. C. Beatty, F. R. O'Neill. 
Guelph No. 40— Ex. Comp. \. R. (lough. 
Bruce No. 53 V. 1 x. Comp. E. A. Smith. 
Palestine No. 54— Ex. Comp. H, G. Manning. 
Niagara No. 55- Ex. Comp. E. W. Field. 
Georgian No. 56— Ex. Comp. O. A. Scott. 

Willson No. 63- Ex. Comps. C. M. Carmichael, C. Cohen, N. J. Penwarden. 
Si. Paul's No. 65— R. Ex. Conn,). M. S. Gooderham. 
Enterprise No. 67— R. Ex. Comp. A. R. Smith. 
Beaver No. 74— R. Ex. Comp. W. A. Campbell. 
Occident No. 77— V. Ex. Comp. S. E. Solley. 
Shuniah No. 82— V. Ex. Comp. R. C. Addison. 
1 oronto- Vntiquity No. 91— Ex. Comp. F. Dann. 
Tuscan No. 95— R. Ex. Comp. G. Shute. 
St. Johns No. 103-R. Ex. Comp. W. R. Stewart. 
Brant No. 115— Ex. Comp. F. N. Inksater. 
Succoth No. 135-Ex. Comp. W. O'Haro. 
Glengam No. 143— Ex. Comp. R. A. Stewart. 
Presqu'ile No. 144— R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Taylor. 
The St. Patrick No. 145-Ex. Comp. A. W. Neal. 

Bernard No. 146— Ex. Comp. W. E. Coghlin, R. Ex. Comp. W. Donaldson. 
London No. 150— V. Ex. Comp. A. L. Hey. 
Mom bra No. 153— Ex. Comp. W. H. Colwell. 
Ancaster No. 155— Ex. Comp. Geo. M. Quackenbush. 
The Hamilton No. 175— Ex. Comp. A. D. Lumsden. 
Hugh Murrav No. 184— Ex. Comp. I. T. Atwood. 
Peel No. 195— Ex. Comps. E. A. Markell, J. E. F. Lindner. 
Mount Sinai No. 212— Ex. Comp. B. Luxenberg. 
Northern Lights No. 213-R. Ex. Comp. E. A. F. Day, 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Goodman. 
St. Albans No. 217-V. Ex. Comp. L. F. Barnes, R. Ex. Comp. G. W. McRae. 
Lebanon No. 220— Ex. Comp. \V. J. Newlove. 
Ottawa No. 222— Ex. Comp. E. G. Tresidder. 
Beaver No. 225— Ex. Comp. Alex. Wilson. 
Quinte Friendship No. 227— Ex. Comp. J. A. Mcintosh. 
The St. Clair No. 231 -Ex. Comp. A. E. Johnson. 
Halton No. 234-V. Ex. Comp. H. Dickie. 
St. Andrews No. 238— R. Ex. Comp. H. Orr, V. Ex. Comps. R. L. Armstrong 

and E. S. F. Houghton. 
Blenheim No. 239-V. Ex. Comp. C. H. Mooney. 
University No. 241— Ex. Comp. W. A. Doidge. 

Mcka\ No. 243-Ex. Comp. W. M. Clark, V. Ex. Comp. E. T. Spera. 
Preston No. 245-R. Ex. Comp. M. H. Smith. 
Humber No. 246— Ex. Comp. H. C. Roos. 
Thomas Peter's No. 250— R. Ex. Comp. W. N. Moore. 

For Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason 

Ancient Erontenac and Cataraqui No 1— R. Ex. Comp. W. C. Crosier, Comps. 
E. Da\is, J. E. Singleton. 

St. John's No. 3— Comps. H. Maul, A. E. Westman. 

Moira No. 7— Comps. J. W. Griswold, J. S. McKeown, W. H. Moorman. 

Carleton,No. 16— Comp. E. Olver. 

Mount Horeb No. 20-Comp. E. R. Moffat. 

St. Mark's No. 26-Comps. W. C. Bull, R. G. Weddell. 

Corinthian No. 36— Comp. W. H. Lytle. 

Victoria No. 37— V. Ex. Comp. R. W. Smart. 

Palestine No. 54— Ex. Comp. J. H. Wyatt. 

Georgian No. 56— Ex. Comp. E. J. Sivil. 

Sussex-St. Lawrence No. 59— Comp. H. S. Brown. 


Granite No. 61— Comp. J. B. Illingworth. 

Occident No. 11— Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick. 

Tuscan No. 95-Ex. Comp. R. S. Mitchell. 

Algonquin No. 102— R. Ex. Comp. F. W. Colloton, V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Bain, 

Comp. H. R. Pearse. 
St. John's No. 112-Ex. Comp. E. M. Beckstead. 
Leeds No. 132-Comp. W. J. Wilson. 
The St. Patrick No. 145-V. Ex. Comp. P. W. Rogers, Comps. A. H. Staneland, 

W. G. Reilly, J. W. Kennedy, W. Moore, H. E. Reed, J. Rowley, 

N. G. Heyd, J. R. Harper. 
Lucknow No. 147-Comp. W. W. Hill. 
Ionic No. 168— Comp. G. Buchanan. 
Peel No. 195-Ex. Comp. E. A. Hay. 
Victoria No. 205— V. Ex. Comp. J. E. Francis. 


I am not unmindful of the need of new members in our Royal 
Arch Chapter and I suggested to the Chairman of Grand Chapter 
Membership Committee that we set a quota of at least ten per cent 
increase of the present membership of each Chapter. In many 
Chapters this has been accomplished for which I thank you. We 
have had many deaths during the year. This is a situation over 
which we have no control. However, I am alarmed at the number 
of withdrawals and suspensions. I have spoken on this subject on 
numerous occasions pointing out that a demit or suspension should 
not be granted until a thorough investigation has been conducted, 
because I believe many Companions could be retained if we took 
the time to find out the reason. My Companions, I ask you to give 
this suggestion serious consideration in the future. 

I am pleased to inform you we had a net gain of approximately 
200 new Companions. For your information we only have one Royal 
Arch Mason for every six Brethren, a small percentage. R. Ex. Com- 
panion Emmett will give a full report on Membership. 


During the year our Investments have been increased and will 
be reported on fully by the Chairman of Investments, R. Ex. Comp. 
F. Carl Ackert. 


A report will be presented by the Grand Treasurer on our 
Financial Standing. We are well within the Budget set for the year. 
Grand Chapter is to be complimented on having two business men 
handling our Finances, Most Ex. Companion Fred W. Dean, Grand 
Treasurer, and Rt. Ex. Companion Jas. E. Girven, Chairman of 
Finance, who have given of their time and talents on our behalf 
and we thank them most sincerely. 


During the past year your Grand Z. was the recipient of 
Honorary Membership in two Chapters, The St. Patrick Chapter 
No. 145 and The St. Clair Chapter No. 231, for which I ask them 
to accept my thanks and appreciation. In this latter Chapter, I have 
had the honor of installing their Third Principal for twenty-three 
years, and this year I installed their First Principal. 



I was pleased to issue a commission on request from the Grand 
High Priest to the following Companion as Grand Representative 
<>l our Grand Chapter near their respective Grand Chapter, M. Ex. 
Companion Allen E. Bell, P.G.H.P. Kentucky. 


For (.rami Representatives near our Grand Chapter, I recom- 
mended to the Grand First Principals and Grand High Priests, the 
following Companions and I am pleased to state all Commissions 
have been received confirming the appointments. 

British Columbia 



Comp. J. A. Mackie 





Comp. J. Earl Davidson 

Sault Ste. Marie 

lVnns\ Ivania 



. Comp. J. L. House 





Comp. H. J. Coleman 





Comp. Ceo. Shute 





Comp. F. Carl Ackert 


(1) A request was received from one of our Chapters to accept an 
application from a Brother living in an American Jurisdiction. 
The candidate not being a resident of our Jurisdiction. I ruled 
that the application could not be received. 

(2) A request was received to hold a social evening on Saturday 
night followed by a banquet after 12 o'clock midnight. I ruled 
that all social functions under Chapter auspices cease at 12 
o'clock midnight Saturday. 

(3) I received a letter from one of our Chapters complaining of 
the Per Capita rates set to carry on the expenses of the Grand 
Superintendent. This Grand Superintendent set his own rates 
after the meeting of Grand Chapter. I am in accord with a 
ruling given in 1942 by a Past Grand Z, "that District assess- 
ments must be decided at the Annual District meeting held 
during Grand Chapter and levied upon total membership not 
less those commuted". 


At our last annual Convocation the Grand First Principal re- 
commended that a committee be appointed to draft regulations for 
the qualifications necessary to receive Jewels; namely distinguished 
service Jewels, twenty-five and fifty year Past Principal Jewels and 
fifty year Jewel as a Royal Arch Mason. M. Ex. Companion R. V. 
Conover will present this report during the Convocation. 


I recommended to this Grand Chapter the appointment of R. 
Ex. Companion W. S. M. Enouy to be an honorary member of the 
Grand Executive. This Companion has been our Grand Lecturer 
for several years and performed the duties of his office with honor 
to himself and credit to our Grand Jurisdiction. 



The annual meeting of this committee was held Feb. 26th, 1956 
at the Y.M.C.A. Eglinton Avenue E., Toronto. Companion A. R. 
McDougal is the new Chairman and a member of Lebanon Chapter 
No. 220. This committee has continued their wonderful work over 
several years and I am pleased to quote from their summary of 
reports of the various Committees for 1955. 


Trips to Bronte Camp — 130 Cars made the trips carrying 860 
Mothers and Children from the Toronto City Mission in Tor- 
onto, to the camp at Bronte. This is a voluntary contribution 
by the Companions. 

Hospital Visiting Committee: 

The members of this committee visited Companions from out- 
of-town, who were in Toronto and Malton Hospitals under- 
going treatment or other illness. These sick Companions were 
from various parts of Canada, as far away as Revelstoke, B.C. 

Red Chevron Hospital Report: 

There was a Bingo held on the third Monday of each month 
for the patients, who were able to be up and around. Cigarettes, 
tobacco and chocolate bars were distributed to all bed patients. 
With the closing of the Red Chevron Hospital by the Depart- 
ment of Veterans Affairs we have sought other activities in its 

l.Divadale Hospital where we visited on Monday, March 19th, 
and conducted a Bingo for the patients. As these are all up- 
patients there is no need for the visiting among the rooms, so 
our activities are to run the Bingo and provide smokes for the 
evening. These visits will be made every third Monday. 

2. The Ontario Hospital. We have agreed to provide transporta- 
tion in the form of a Gray Coach Line Bus for five trips, for the 
patients of the Ontario Hospital on Queen Street, for the 
summer of 1956. To these Companions who are ever ready and 
willing to give of their time and talents, we say thank you, and 
may the Giver of All Good and Perfect Gifts prosper you in 
your united endeavours. 


There are no Notice of Motions to be presented at this Con- 


Most Ex. Companion A. N. Bradshaw will present his report 
during our Convocation. 

\\M U CONVOCATIONS, I ORON I (). 1956 27 


One Hundred and Fifty-Eight (158) Dispensations were issued 

To attend Divine Service 21 

1 o change da> or hour of opening 65 

lo advancement of Officers as required by Constitution 12 
Id permit Installation of Officers on a day not prescribed in 

By-Laws 7 

lo dispense with Convocation in summer months 2 

lo meel in another Hall 2 

I o permit Social Functions 37 

lo waiver of Jurisdiction 3 

To permit the change of Degree Work when insufficient notice given 

in summons 3 

lo dispense- with regular Convocation 2 

lo permit an amputation to he initiated 1 


To four (4) Cancellations 4 

Approved the interchange of Nineteen (19) Chapters in our Jurisdiction 
with Chapters outside our Jurisdiction. In most cases a degree was exemplified. 


New By-Laws Approved: 

Chapter No. Chapter No. 

Keystone 35 Ionic 83 

Victoria 37 White Oak 104 

Laurentian 151 


Chapter No. Chapter No. 

Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui .... 1 The Beaches 163 

The Moira 7 Cobalt 203 

Wawanosh 15 Prince of Wales 226 

Pentalpha 28 Quinte Fellowship 227 

Palestine 54 Aurora 235 

Minnewawa 78 Caledonia 236 

Elliott 129 The St. Andrew 238 

Glengarry 143 Hiawatha 252 

Madoc 161 Yukon 256 


Klondike Chapter 154 Dawson City 

Pembroke Chapter 58 Mattawa 


According to our Constitution all nominations must be in the 
office of the Grand Scribe E by March 15th, and opened by a com- 
mittee appointed by the Grand First Principal. I named Most Ex. 
Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C. Chairman, R. Ex. Comp. R. N. 
M( Klhinney, V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, as the committee. 



At the final advisory meeting it was deemed advisable that we 
purchase a further supply of publications relating to Royal Arch 
Masonry and be placed in the Masonic Library at Toronto. The 
Committee suggested a sum of $100.00 to cover the purchase. I 
recommend that this Grand Chapter give approval of this expendi- 
ture and a committee to be appointed to select the publications. 


Owing to the serious illness of R. Ex. Companion M. S. 
Gooderham, Grand Second Principal, who is Chairman of this Com- 
mittee, it is impossible to present a report at the present time. I can 
however, report that considerable progress has been made with the 


Most Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden was appointed to prepare, in 
condensed form, Rulings of Grand First Principals. This duty has 
been completed and the Rulings as suggested are now in possession 
of the Past Grand First Principals and the Grand Council for their 


This conference was held in the Royal York Hotel at Toronto, 
August 9th and 10th, 1955. M. Ex. Comp. J. V. Follett, presiding. 
M. Ex. Comp. Alfred Wilson, Secretary. 

There were twenty five Companions present including three 
Grand First Principals. 

At the Conference held in Moncton, N.B. 1953, M. Ex. Comp. 
Taylor was asked to present a paper on the re-organization of the 
Conference and what it has accomplished in the past eight years. 
This report was presented in Kingston 1954 and referred to a com- 
mittee to report at the Ninth Annual Conference to be held at 
Toronto in 1955. The committee's report and the discussions have 
been published in the minutes of the 1955 Conference. 

Five papers were presented on various subjects and after the 
reading of each paper a motion was made to receive the paper and 
have it published in the proceedings. 

The Tenth Annual Conference will meet at Regina, Saskat- 
chewan, after Sovereign Great Priory in 1956. 

The newly elected Chairman, Most Ex. Comp. W. Wyborn, Manitoba; 
Secretary, Most Ex. Alfred A. Wilson, Saskatchewan. 


I would like to say that whatever the achievements of the year 
have been, they are the results of the United Service of the Compan- 
ions I believe that Royal Arch Masonry in our Jurisdiction is esta- 
blished on a firm and solid foundation and that it is a power for 
good in our country. 


Never before have we found so great a disposition to help each 
Other, to relieve suffering humanity as we have today and we can 
confidently look Eorward to the future. In the strenuous time 
through which we are passing, we are apt to think and even to say 
this is a cruel and selfish world. 

Let us be cheerful and refuse to look upon the dark side of 
life. World conditions must change tor the better. In the meantime, 
let us keep our temper, preserve our faith, cultivate the habit of 
smiling and give up the habit of despairing. 

I cannot close without a word of thanks and appreciation for 
the advice and guidance of my Past Grand First Principals who 
have been a tower of strength to me during the year just ended. 
To the Second and Third Grand Principals, I thank them for their 
assistance. They have been with me on many occasions. To our 
(.rand Scribe E for his faithful and efficient service, also to his 
Secretary who is ever ready and willing to perform the duties of 
her office. 

Finally my Companions let us give thanks to the Almighty for 
the manifold blessings bestowed on us and our Grand Chapter that 
peace and harmony has prevailed throughout the year. Let us not 
dwell upon the glories of the past, but look forward to the future 
with Courage and Confidence. 

Sincerely and fraternally, 

J. L. House, 

Grand Z. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand Chapter 

of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 


R. Ex. Comp. Edward H. Logan 

It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve in the capacity of Grand 

Superintendent of St. Clair District No. 1 during the past year. I wish, at this 

time, to take the opportunity of expressing to the Companions of the District 

my sincere thanks and appreciation for the honour they conferred upon me, and 

through me on MacNabb Chapter No. 88, in electing me to this high office, also 

to Most Ex. Comp. John L. House for confirming my appointment. 

Ex. Comp. Hugh M. Dunlop kindly consented to act as my secretary and 
to him I extend my grateful appreciation for the efficient and capable manner 
in which he performed his duties. He accompanied me on all my official visits 
and his co-operation and companionship did much to make my visits more 

I visited each Chapter at least once in my official capacity and in some cases 
on two or three occasions. In every case I was received with dignity and cordiality 
and was much impressed with the friendly manner in which I was greeted. 

I also had the privilege of acting as installing Z. at a joint installation of 
four of the Chapters in my District, as well as in my own Chapter, and of assist- 
ing at two others. I am only sorry that pressure of other business rendered it 
imposible for me to be present at the installations in all Chapters. 

Two events during the year particularly stand out in my memory. The first 
was the occasion of an "International Night" held Sept. 24, 1955, when King 
Cyrus Chapter No. 119, Leamington, were hosts to Pillar Chapter No. 181, Detroit, 
Michigan. At this time I not only had the pleasure of meeting the officers and 
companions of Pillar Chapter but also of meeting and introducing Most Excellent 
Companion A. G. N. Bradshaw of London, Ontario, Past Grand First Principal 
of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. The second was the occasion of my official 
visit to my mother Chapter, MacNabb Chapter No. 88, when I had the pleasure 
of being received by three Past Grand Superintendents from MacNabb Chapter 
one of whom was Rt. Ex. Comp. Ed. "Dad" Worth that grand old man of 
Masonry in this District. 

My official visits as Grand Superintendent were as follows: 
Oct. 13— Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham 
Oct. 25— MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden 
Nov. 7— Sombra Chapter, No. 153, Wallaceburg 
Nov. 9— King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington 
Nov. 18— Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome 
Nov. 23— Thomas Peters Chapter, No. 250, Windsor 
Nov. 25— Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 71, Essex 
Dec. 19— Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown 
Jan. 4— Blenheim Chapter, No. 239, Blenheim 
Jan. 16— Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor 
In every instance the degree work was conferred in a capable and impressive 
manner. The officers performed their duties with proficiency and the earnestness 
and enthusiasm shown gave evidence of a fine spirit of co-operation. Chapter 
business was done promptly and efficiently and, with very few exceptions, the 
records and books were neat and up-to-date. 

At all Convocations I endeavoured to bring to the attention of all Principals 
and Companions the various matters on which I had been instructed by the 
Grand First Principal as well as to convey the explanation and meaning of the 
degree conferred as furnished by Grand Chapter. 

On the whole Capitular Masonry in the District appears to be in a satis- 
factory position. While death and suspensions have caused a slight decline 
in the total membership, the majority of the Chapters showed an increase and, 
with one expection, all have initiated at least one candidate. The high calibre 
of the candidates and the zeal of the officers and companions augurs well for 
future growth. Financially the Chapters appear to be in good shape and effort 
is being made to reduce the outstanding dues. 


\n m\ tenure of office draws to a dost- it is with mixed feelings thai I 
relinquish it: regrel thai unforeseen pressure of work made it impossible for me 

to cam out nn duties in the manner l would have liked and gratitude lor the 
main good things the year has broughl to me in the way of fellowship, new 
friends and best of all a greater insighl and appreciation of the purposes and 
spirit of Royal \nh Masonry. 

To all the past and present (.rand Chapter Officers and Past Principals of 
St. (lair District No. 1. 1 wish to express mv deepest appreciation for their 
support and counsel during m\ term of office, particularly to Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Russel R. Dusten, who. despite ill health, accompanied me on all mv official visits 
and to Rt. Ex. Comp. Lowell Boyle who greatly assisted me with advice and 
encouragement. To ever) Companion of the District I extend my sincere thanks 
for your efforts in making m\ yeai as representative of the Grand Z. so pleasant 
and profitable. 

lo m\ successor in office I pledge my support and extend to him every 
good wish for a successful year. I feel sure that the Companions of St. Clair 
District will extend to him the same generous co-operation that was accorded 
to me. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. S. D. Lacey 
In presenting mv report on conditions of Royal Arch Masonry in London 
District No. 2 I wish to extend to the Chapters my sincere thanks and apprecia- 
tion, allowing me the honour of being elected Crand Superintendent for 1955, 
and mv humble thanks to Most Excellent Companion John Loftus House in 
confirming my election. 

May I also express my thanks to Ex. Comp. Clair Pressey who so willingly 
rendered his capable assistance as District Secretary throughout the year. 

\h first visit in the District was to Wawanosh Chapter No. 15, Sarnia, May 
(), 1955, where a Ruling Principals Night was held, and the Holy Royal Arch 
degree was conferred in a most impressive manner. It was my pleasure to have 
the honour of presenting on behalf of the Grand First Principal a 25 year Past 
Principal's Jewel to Ex. Comp. R. G. Wyseman of Wawanosh Chapter. 

On Friday, May 13th. 1955 it was a pleasure for Mrs. Lacey and myself to 
attend the annual Birthday Party held in London by the Officers and Com- 
panions of the St. Andrews Chapter No. 238 and my thanks to that Chapter 
for the delightful evening enjoyed by the both of us. 

A School of Instruction was held at Beaver Chapter Rooms, Strathroy, 
Wednesday, June 15th, 1955, D.S.T. at which nine of the Chapters were re- 
presented. Proceedings were somewhat informal and information in the various 
degrees was imparted by Rt. Ex. Comp. Holt and Rt. Ex. Comp. T. Welch, to 
whom I am deeply indebted. 

Mv official visits were as follows: 

Sept. 15— Nilestown No. 247 
Sept. 22-The St. Andrews No. 238 
Sept. 23-St. George's No. 5 
Oct. 4-St. Paul's No. 242 
Oct. 6-Aylmer No. 81 
Oct. 7-Beaver No. 74 
Oct. 10-Vimy No. 214 
Oct. 13— Palestine No. 54 
Oct. 14— Wawanosh No. 15 
Oct. 17— Minnewawa No. 78 
Oct. 26-St. John's No. 3 
Nov. 7— Hiawatha No. 252 
Nov. 15— London No. 150 
Nov. 16— Bruce No. 53 
On all of my fourteen official visits I was received most cordially as the 
representative of Si. Ex. the Grand First Principal. The degrees on every occasion 
were conferred in a sincere and impressive manner. 


On Sunday evening, Oct. 2nd, 1955 the District Divine Service was held at 
St. Paul's United Church, Aylmer, Ont. Rev. T. Garnett Husser being the Pastor, 
gave a most inspiring sermon. 

On my official visit to the St. Andrews Chapter No. 238, London I had 
the honour of presenting on behalf of the Grand First Principal, to three Grand 
Chapter officers their 25 year Past Principals Jewels. The three in question 
were — V. Ex. Comp. R. L. Armstrong, Rt. Ex. Comp. H. I. Orr and V. Ex. Comp. 
E. S. F. Houghton. 

It was with respect that one of my official duties was to install and invest 
the officers of Palestine Chapter No. 54 and Aylmer Chapter No. 81 at a Joint 
Installation held at Aylmer Jan. 19th, 1956. 

In conclusion, I would like to say that it has indeed been a pleasure for 
me to serve as Grand Superintendent in the London District for the year 1955. 
My thanks to all the Companions, and if I might add, a special mention is 
deserved by Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred H. Davis for his assistance. To my successor, 
I pledge my support, and ask for him, the same support as was afforded me. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. A. E. Williamson 

It take great pleasure in submitting my report on the condition of Royal 
Arch Masonry in Wilson District No. 3 for 1955-1956. 

At this time I desire to place on this record the thanks I have conveyed 
to the Companions of Wilson District on various visits for the honour brought 
to Regal Chapter and myself in my election to the office of District Super- 
intendent; and also my thanks to Most Excellent Companion John Loftus House 
for his confirmation of my election which has already been conveyed by personal 

Royal Arch Masonry in Wilson District, with the exception of one or two 
Chapters, may be said to be in a flourishing state. Even in these two Chapters 
it is my impression that there is a sufficient degree of enthusiasm and co-opera- 
tion which will enable these Chapters to hurdle the difficulties now experienced. 

Wilson District does not show a dramatic increase in membership, but I 
believe the net gain of this year compares favourably with recent years. I believe 
that in every Chapter an earnest effort is being made to present Royal Arch 
Masonry to Craft Masons. There has been a sincere effort on the part of all 
Chapters to eliminate "dead wood" from the Chapter roll. In my own Chapter, 
after all efforts to revive this dead wood have failed, a paid-up demit has been 
issued to delinquent Companions. This has the advantage of leaving the door 


These were carried out as follows: 

Oct. 14, 1955— Harris Chapter No. 41, Ingersoll, M.M.M. degree 
Oct. 17, 1955— Brant Chapter No. 115, Paris, M.M.M. degree 
Oct. 20, 1955-Mt. Horeb Chapter No. 20, Brantford, M.E.M. degree 
Nov. 9, 1955-Regal Chapter No. 253, Port Dover, M.E.M. degree 
Nov. 10, 1955— Ezra Chapter No. 23, Simcoe, M.E.M. degree 
Nov. 15, 1955-Tillsonburg Chapter No. 255, Tillsonburg, M.M.M. 
Nov. 25, 1955-Oxford Chapter No. 18, Woodstock, R.A.M. degree 
In each case my reception was befitting the representative of the Most 
Excellent the Grand First Principal, combined with a warm fraternal association. 
The degrees presented conformed accurately to ritual, and for the most part 
were presented ably and impressively. In many cases music added impressiveness 
to the degree. Some degrees were excellently done. In one or two Chapters 
there was apparent lack of rehearsal, but in all cases my observation was that 
an enthusiastic group of officers were doing their best. Indeed this is illustrated 
by one Chapter in which on one visit I was sorely disappointed in the perfor- 
mance of one officer, who on a third visit did admirable work. I know this 
particular Companion's capabilities and his zeal for Royal Arch Masonry, and 
have no doubt that he will, in due course, fill the chair of Zerrubabel with 


In connection with each official visit I gave a brief address in the Chapter 
Room undei the general heading of "Characters in Royal Arch Masonry". These 
talks were well received and the increase in the number of visitors to the various 
Chapters ,b the year progressed was most gratifying. 

The hooks of Scribes E. and Treasurers throughout the District were excel- 
lent kept. 


In accordance with the constitutional directive to (hand Superintendents, 
a course of instruction lor ruling Excellent Principals was held in Port Dover 
on June (>. 1 ( .>.V>. Representatives were present from all but two Chapters, and 
in some cases all three ruling Principals were present. I believe this assembly 
to have been of definite value, in which there was reviewed the requirements of 
Ciand Chapter, accompanied hv a discussion of Chapter problems. 


I wish to mention the very efficient and helpful part played by Ex. Comp. 
H. V. Ryerse, who graciously consented to act as my secretary. He accompanied 
me on all official visits and on many informal, fraternal visits. His ability as 
Scribe E. in Regal Chapter proved itself invaluable in the inspection of the 
records of constituent Chapters. May I take this opportunity of thanking the 
Companions of Regal Chapter who, under the Chairmanship of Companion 
Russell Seller, accompanied me on my visits, which support provided a great 
deal of inspiration. 


Divine Service was held in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Port Dover, on 
November 6th, 1955. The guest preacher was Rt. Rev. Walter E. Bagnall, Bishop 
of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara, who delivered a most inspiring sermon. 
We had hoped for a larger attendance to hear this distinguished churchman 
and Mason. However, there was a good representation from all Chapters but one. 


(1) On May 20, 1955 I attended the centennial celebration of St. John's 
Lodge. No. (is. Ingersoll. At the head table, in addition to my Craft title, I was 
introduced to the Grand Superintendent of Royal Arch Masons of Wilson 
District. In taking part in the reply to the toast to the visitors, I extended, on 
behalf of Most Excellent Companion House, Grand Chapter and Royal Arch 
Masons of Wilson District, fraternal greetings and congratulations on the attain- 
ment of St. John's Lodge and best wishes for the years to come. 

(2) On Saturday, Oct. 1, 1955, along with the Companions of Oxford Chapter 
No. IS and Harris Chapter No. 41, accompanied by their wives, I joined in an 
international visit to Composite Chapter No. 178, Detroit, where a "Canadian 
Night*' was observed. During the afternoon Composite Chapter conferred on 
a number of the Canadian visitors the degree of Past Master (Honorary) accord- 
ing to the American Rite, under the able direction of Ex. High Priest Peter Clark, 
a Scotsman and an exceptional ritualist. Following a banquet at 6:30 p.m. the 
usual toast list was observed, during which it was my privilege to extend greetings 
on behalf of Most Excellent Companion House, the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada and Most Ex. Companion Dean, Grand Representative 
of Michigan near our Grand Chapter. In the evening session the Companions 
of Oxford Chapter No. IS, having brought with them banners, lights, robes etc., 
exemplified the degree of the Holy Royal Arch according to Canadian ritual, 
and did so in a masterly manner. 

To say that I was a bit proud was far o'ershadowed by the ovation tendered 
b\ oui American Companions when the degree closed. 

(3) On October 13, 1955, I attended the centennial celebration ceremonies 
and banquet of St. John's Chapter, No. 6, at Hamilton. This afforded a splendid 
opportunity to meet main Grand Chapter officers and my Companion District 
Superintendents. In the toast list at the banquet I was privileged to share with 
Rt. Ex. Companion H. S. Merrall, Hamilton District No. 5 in the reply to the 
toast to the guests. 



(1) On June 6, 1955, in Regal Chapter No. 253, I took part in honouring 
V. Ex. Companion Ernest Hind in the presentation on behalf of the Most 
Excellent the Grand First Principal of a 25-year Past Principal's Jewel. This 
I delegated to V. Ex. Comp. Harry A. Johnson, who had occupied the chair 
of Zerrubabel in Ezra Chapter No. 23 at the time V. Ex. Comp. Hind was 
admitted into Royal Arch Masonry, and who had been with him a zealous 
Royal Arch Mason in Ezra Chapter No. 23 and Regal Chapter No. 253. On 
behalf of Regal Chapter, it was my privilege to present V. Ex. Comp. Hind with 
a certificate of Life Membership. 

(2) On June 20, 1955, I visited Brant Chapter No. 115 on the occasion of 
Past Principals' Night, in which the degree of the H.R.A. was most ably con- 
ferred. This occasion marked the investiture of V. Ex. Comp. J. S. Powell with 
the regalia of a Grand Steward. This presentation I delegated to Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Clifford Naylor, in order that he might personally honour the Companion who 
so faithfully served as District Secretary during his term of office. The bag 
accompanying the regalia was presented on behalf of the Principals' Association 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. Bert Stobbs. 

Also on this occasion, on behalf of the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal, I presented a 25-year Past Principals' Jewel to Ex. Comp. James B. 
Appleby, who occupied the chair of Zerrubabel in Brant Chapter in 1926. 

(3) On my official visit to Mt. Horeb Chapter No. 20, a 50-year jewel was 
to be presented to Companion W. H. Moorman. Because of this Companion 
being out of town, the jewel was received on his behalf by Rt. Ex. Comp. R. W. 
E. McFadden. 


In company with my secretary Ex. Comp. Ryerse, I attended the fall meeting 
of this Association held in Tillsonburg on October 5, 1955 under the Chairman- 
ship of the President, Ex. Comp. W. L. Young. It was a rainy night, and the 
attendance was disappointing. The speaker of the evening was Rt. Ex. Comp. 


I attended and assisted at all installation ceremonies in the District. The 
joint installation of Oxford Chapter No. 18 and Harris Chapter No. 41, held in 
Ingersoll was most interesting. It was a further illustration of the warm 
fraternal association existing between these two Chapters. I would take this 
opportunity of most sincerely commending those Past Grand Chapter officers 
who acted as installing Z's. 


In conclusion I would describe the year as a wonderful Masonic experience. 
The warmth of fraternal feeling has been most stimulating. The year has carried 
with it honour, work, and has led to a study of Royal Arch Masonry, all of 
which has been most illuminating. It has brought new meaning to fraternal 
associations which have been in existence for years and has added many more. 
To my successor, I can assure him of the loyal support of the Past Grand Chapter 
officers and the stalwarts of Royal Arch Masonry in Wilson District. It is my 
sincere hope that my stewardship has met with the approval of Grand Chapter 
and the Companions of Wilson District. 

The experiences of the year have played a part in my philosophy as expressed 
in the poem with which I close: 

"I'd like to think when life is done 
That I have filled a needed post, 
That here and there I'd paid my fare 
With more than idle talk and boast; 
That I had taken gifts divine 
The breath of life and manhood fine, 
And tried to use them now and then 
In service for my fellow men." 


R. Ex. Comp. B. M. McNaughton 

In presenting this report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry in 
Wellington District No. 1. may I first express to the Principals and Past Prin- 
cipals of the District m\ appreciation for the honor bestowed upon me in 
electing me their Grand Superintendent. I also thank M. Ex. Comp. House 
tor confirming my election. 

Ex. Com]). Irvin linker consented to act as my Secretary and to him I 
also extend m\ sincere thanks. He has been of great assistance to me and has 
carried out the duties of his important office in a very capable manner. 

A meeting of the ruling Principals of Wellington District No. 4 was held 
in the Guelph Masonic Temple on June 22. 1955, at which time the dates of 
official \isits were set up as follows: 

September 27th — Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville 

October 7th — Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener 

October 11th — Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston 

October 1 1th — Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph 

October 18th — Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham 

October 19th — Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown 

November 10th — Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne 
November 15th — Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston 

November 21th - Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait 

On m\ official visits I was received with the dignity and respect due the 
representative of the Grand First Principal. I also had the opportunity to 
observe that the general deportment of the officers and companions was good 
and the ability on the pait of the officers to interpret the ritual left little to 
be desired. The work on all occasions was impressive and each Chapter in its 
own way is doing its part to uphold the dignity and decorum of the Order. 

On Sunday evening, September 25th, District Divine Service was held in 
Palmerston United Church, the service being conducted by Rt. Ex. Comp. Rev. 
G. H. Thomas, the Grand Chaplain. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Thomas is a Past Principal of Enterprise Chapter, Palmer- 
ston, and the Companions of Wellington District were happy to do honor to 
him by attending Divine Service under the auspices of his own Chapter. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Thomas Burke, Grand Superintendent of Huron District 
No. 6 and a number of his Companions attended this Divine Service and also 
attended my official visit to Enterprise Chapter, Palmerston on October 11th. 
I had the opportunity of returning this courtesy on his official visit to Tecum- 
seh Chapter. No. 24, Stratford on November 25th. 

It was also my privilege and pleasure, accompanied by Rt. Ex. Comp. A. C. 
Mason, to attend the Centennial Celebrations of St. Johns Chapter, No. 6, 
Hamilton, on October 13th. 

On November 15th I had the distinct pleasure of presenting Rt. Ex. Comp. 
M. Smith of Preston Chapter with his 25-year Past Principal's Jewel. 

In conclusion I would say that Wellington District has enjoyed a satisfac- 
tor\ year. True, we show only a small gain over last year of three, but this is 
due to the large number of deaths, unavoidable suspensions and withdrawals. 

All Chapters in the District have had Candidates, and the District is blest 
with a remarkable fraternal spirit and are well acquainted one with the other. 

Finally, I would like to express my thanks to all the Chapters in the Dis- 
trict for the kindness and co-operation so readily extended to me. May my 
successor be accorded the same courtesies. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. S. Merrall 
In presenting my report of Capitular Masonry, and having enjoyed the 
honour and privilege of serving as Grand Superintendent, of Hamilton District 
No. 5, I wish to thank the companions of Dist. No. 5 for electing me to that 
office-, and to Most Ex. Comp. John L. House for confirming my appointment. 
My first pleasant duty, was to appoint Ex. Comp. C. K. Mattison as my 
District Secretary, and I wish to commend him on the very efficient way he 
discharged his duties. 


It was indeed a pleasure to attend St. John's Chapter No. 6 Centennial 
Celebration with Most Ex. Comp. J. L. House and a number of Grand Chapter 

My Inspection Visits were as follows: 
Sept. 20 - The Hamilton, No. 175, Hamilton. 
Oct. 3 — Keystone, No. 224, Hamilton. 
Oct. 20 - St. Clair, No. 75, Milton. 
Oct. 27 - Caledonia, No. 236, Caledonia. 
Oct. 28 - The Hiram, No. 2, Hamilton. 

Oct. 30 — Church Service, 3 p.m. Grace United Church, Caledonia. 
Nov. 8 - White Oak, No. 104, Oakville. 
Nov. 10 — St. John's, No. 6, Hamilton. 
Nov. 14 - McKay, No. 243, Stoney Creek. 
Nov. 15 — Ancaster, No. 155, Ancaster. 

On Oct. 30th, Church Service was held in Grace United Church, Caledonia, 
at 3 p.m. which was well attended despite the bad weather, and was most 
encouraging. Brother Shaw, Pastor, gave a very interesting address. Ex. Comp. 
S. Parke assisted me with the service. 

The degree work with little exception was of high standard, particularly 
the Junior Officers. It appears that the Junior Officers are taking a great deal of 
interest in Chapter Work, and in my opinion it is a step in the right direction. 

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I have to report that the visitations 
of Chapter members in Dist. No. 5 has greatly increased, which should be 

Official visits were scheduled and carried out, in all chapters I was promptly 
received, on all occasions with cordiality and dignity, as befits the representative 
of the Most Ex. Grand First Principal. 

To the companions who accompanied me on so many of my visits, I am 
deeply indebted. To my successor I pledge my loyal support and ask for him 
the same generous co-operation of this district. In summing up I would like 
to say, the general condition of Capitular Masonry in Hamilton Dist. No. 5 is 
good, the fraternal friendship is excellent, which should speak well of its 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Burke 

As my term of office draws to a close, it is with great pleasure that I submit 
my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in Huron district No. 6. 

It was an unexpected honor to be elected to this high office by the Ex. 
Comp's. of this district and to have this honor confirmed by the Most Ex. 
the Grand First Principal, Most Ex. Comp. John Loftus, to whom I am duly 

My official visits were as follows: 
June 17th, 1955 — Havelock Chapter No. 63 — Kincardine. 
Sept. 6th, 1955 — Bernard Chapter No. 163 - Listowel. 
Sept.. 12th, 1955 — St. James Chapter No. 46 — St. Marys. 
Oct. 4th, 1955 — Chantry Chapter No. 130 — Southampton. 
Oct. 18th, 1955 - Huron Chapter No. 30 - Goderich. 
Nov. 1st, 1955 - Elliott Chapter No. 129 - Mitchell. 
Nov. 8th, 1955 — Lucknow Chapter No. 147 — Lucknow. 
Nov. 15th, 1955 — Lebanon Chapter No. 84 — Wingham. 
Nov. 22nd, 1955 - Malloch Chapter No. 66 - Seaforth. 
Nov. 25th, 1955 — Tecumseh Chapter No. 24 — Stratford. 

Ex. Comp. John McLean has acted as my district secretary and I am deeply 
indebted to him for a job well done and for his support in attending all my 
Official visits and others made. 

A few of the highlights of my year in office which I will long remember 
was a visit to Lucknow Chapter to present a 50 year Jewel to Comp. W. W. Hill, 
Oct. 11th, 1955. 

Another unforgetable event on the occasion of my Official visit to my own 
chapter when I had the pleasure of presenting a Very Ex. Comp. regalia to 
Very Ex. Comp., Ken. Saxton, who was taken completely by surprise, a gift 
from his own companions for his untiring efforts on behalf of Lebanon Chapter. 

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1 also had the pleasure to exchange visits with Fx. Comp., B. M. Mc- 
Naughton ol Wellington Chapter No. 1. I was with him at Enterprise Chapter, 
Palmerston, and he repaid a \isit to Tecumseh Chapter, Stratford. It was, 
indeed, a pleasure to be with him. 

V divine service was held in April by Bernard Chapter, Listowel, which 
was well attended, over 100 Comps, present. They are to be congratulated for 
their efforts. We arc planning a district divine service to be held in Wroxeter 
United Church, April 8th, 1956, and am looking forward to a good turnout at 
that time. \t the present lime a lodge of instruction is being planned to be held 
at Bernard Chapter, Listowel, and most Ex. Comp. A. C. H. Bradshaw has 
kindly consented to attend and 1 am deeply grateful to him. 

In my \isits through the district 1 was impressed with the work of the 
officers of the various Chapters and I feel the future of Royal Arch Masonry in 
Huron District No. 6 is in very capable hands. 

It is very pleasing to note that a revival has taken place in St. James 
Chapter No. 46, St. Marys where the} have six petitions on their last notice. 

In conclusion, may I offer my sincere thanks to all officers and Companions 
who helped make my term of office so pleasant and profitable, especially Rt. 
Ex. Comp. lied Johnson, Grand Scribe E and I sincerely hope that the district 
will give their whole hearted support to my successor. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Nickle Davis 

I have the honour and pleasure of presenting this my report of the Grand 
Superintendent of Niagara District No. 7, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada, on Royal Arch Masonry in Niagara District No. 7 for the year 

I wish first to express my sincere appreciation and thanks to the Principals, 
past and present of Niagara District No. 7 for the honour conferred on Smith- 
ville Chapter and myself in electing me to this high office and to the Grand 
First Principal. M. Fx. Comp. John L. House, for confirming my election. 

I would also like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to Ex. 
Comp. William A. McKinnell, who very kindly consented to accept the office of 
District Secretary, and was most helpful and efficient in the duties of that 
office, and to the members of Smithville and other Chapters who accompanied 
me on my official visits thereby making my term of office more enjoyable, to 
whom I am deeply indebted, and to my predecessor in office R. Ex. Comp. 
Joseph Herbert Hughes for all his good advice and assistance, and to Grand 
Chapter Officers for their support and counsel. 

Friday, October 14th, 1955, marked an outstanding occasion, when Most 
Px. Comp. John A. M. Taylor, honoured Mount Moriah Chapter by his 
presence accompanied by the Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, 
and supported by Past and Present Officers of Grand Chapter, and in a special 
ceremony, officiated at the formal dedication of its new Chapter Room, in 
which I was privileged to assist. 

Most Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor at the conclusion of the dedication 
ceremony presented a 50-year Past Principal's Bar to my good friend, R. Ex. 
Comp. A. E. Coombs, veteran Scribe E. of Mount Moriah Chapter. This occa- 
sion will long be remembered by all those present. 

The following is a list of the dates on which my official visits of inspection 
were made, (degree conferred in brackets); 

1. November 2, 1955, Willson, No. 64, Welland, (M.M.M.); 

2. November 3, 1955, King Hiram, No. 57, Port Colborne, (none) ; 

3. November 4, 1955, Niagara, No. 55, Niagar-on-the-Lake, (M.M.M.); 
1. November 7, 1955. Grimsby, No. 69, Grimsby, (M.E.M.) ; 

5. November 8, 1955, Hugh Murray, No. 184, Fort Erie, (R.A.) ; 

6. November 11, 1955, Mount Moriah, No. 19, St. Catharines, (M.M.M.) ; 

7. November 18, 1955, Mount Nebo, No. 76, Niagara Falls, (M.M.M.); 

8. November 21, 1955, McCallum, No. 29, Dunnville, (R.A.) ; 

9. November 28, 1955, Smithville, No. 240, Smithville (M.M.M.) . 


With the exception of one Chapter, degree work was presented for my 
inspection on my official visit. I was given on all my visits, as the representative 
of the M. Ex. the Grand First Principal a most cordial and warm reception. The 
degrees on each occasion were conferred in a creditable and impressive manner, 
and where musical facilities were available, colour, variation and beauty were 
added, affording relaxation to the candidates. Personally I would like to see 
proper musical services made available in all the chapters, as the improvement 
in the degree ceremonies is most obvious. 

The ritualistic work was, on nearly all occasions, well done, and in some 
instances outstanding, which is a reward of genuine effort and co-operation 
among the officers and companions. 

Smithville Chapter has again become active, during my term of office, and 
after several years of inactivity has conferred degrees on three candidates, being 
the first degrees conferred in over three years in Smithville Chapter. Smithville 
Chapter and myself are most pleased and thankful for this progress, which I 
trust will continue. 

A District Divine Service was held Sunday evening, October 30th, 1955, in 
Smithville United Church with Smithville Chapter being host. Rev. Bro. J. 
Sheridan Bole was special speaker for the service, with Ex. Comp. Hill and 
myself assisting in the service. His address was most inspiring and suitable for 
the occasion, and all those present were well rewarded for their attendance. 
Although Smithville Chapter is the smallest Chapter in the District, nevertheless 
some 90 Companions. representing all the Chapters in the District were present, 
which was most gratifying to the Speaker and Smithville Chapter. 

In conclusion, I wish to take this opportunity of thanking every Companion 
of the District who contributed to the success of my year as Grand Super- 
intendent. I feel that Royal Arch Masonry in the District is progressing. 

And I extend my grateful thanks to all the Chapter Scribe E's for their 
splendid co-operation and for the efficient manner in which their books and 
records are kept, as reported by my Secretary. 

And to my successor I wish every success, and would ask the same co- 
operation and support for him, that has been accorded me, and pledge to him 
my whole-hearted support. 

R. Ex. Comp. Clifford Mendham Platten 

I have the honour and privilege of submitting my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry for Toronto Ditsrict No. 8. 

May I use this medium to convey my thanks and appreciation to the 
Excellent Principals Past and Present of District No. 8 for the high honour 
conferred on me and through me on York Chapter No. 62 GRC. in permitting 
me to serve them as the Grand Superintendent. I also wish to express my thanks 
to M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House for the confirmation of my election. 

It was my pleasant duty to appoint Ex. Comp. D. B. Young as District 
Secretary. To him I extend my thanks and appreciation for the efficient fulfill- 
ment of his duties as Secretary, and for his assistance and cheerful co-operation 
on all District matters. 

I made official visits of Inspection at all 13 Chapters. Degrees were con- 
ferred on candidates on every visit. On each occasion I was promptly and 
properly received. 

It was gratifying to observe that the books of the Scribe E and Treasurers 
of all Chapters were in proper order, neatly kept and up to date. I would 
commend these Companions on an excellent service rendered to their Chapters. 

May I suggest that the records of St. Alban's Chapter No. 217 GRC. as 
prepared by R. Ex. Comp. J. Mackie be considered as a guide to the formation 
of future Chapter records. They are simple, concise and provide the required 
information at a glance. 

The degree work in most Chapters was impressive and well conferred. 
However, rehearsals of the work is imperative and those who prepared gave 
a much better interpretation. 

Many Chapters lack music as a part in conferring of the degrees. I would 
suggest that every effort be made to provide this very important part of the 


1 he membership record shows a decrease. Candidates, affiliations and 

restorations 89. Withdrawals, suspensions and deaths 107 — a decrease of 18. 

I feel that much could be done to Stimulate attendance of the Chapter 
members, such as improved rendition of the work, opening of the Chapter on 
time and a well prepared agenda, so as to get the banquet hour over well before 
the hour ot 11.30. 

In most (haptens a Committee of Education and Instruction has been formed. 
1 his undoubtedly is a step in the right direction. 

To further and enhance this work, to create further interest and close co- 
operation of the various Chapters in the District a Riding Principals' Association 
has been Formed of which 1 was elected Honorary President and will assist them 
in their endeavours. I trust this will prove invaluable to the leaders of the 
various Chapters. 

Most Chapters are in good financial condition. The arrears of dues has 
decreased and provisions have been made for the collecting of outstanding dues 
where such measures are necessar\. 

Lodge ot Instruction was held at University Chapter No. 241 GRC. Febru- 
ar\ 7th. 1956. York Chapter No. 62 GRC. A Chapter of Instruction was held 
at' The St. Patrick Chapter No. 145 GRC. February 17th, 1956. 

A joint Divine Service was held for District 8 and 8A at St. Andrew's 
United Church. Markham, Ontario, February 19th, 1956, under the direction 
of R. Ex. Comp. Rev. G. H. Thomas, Grand Chaplain, assisted by R. Ex. Comp. 
M. A. Searle, Grand Third Principal, R. Ex. Comp. F. S. Fordham and R. Ex. 
Comp. C. M. Platten. 

Divine Service for District No. 8 will be held on Sunday, March 18th, 1956, 
at Eglinton United Church under the direction of the Pastor Dr. E. Cragg, 
assisted b\ Grand Chapter officers. 

The following are some of the highlights during my term of office. 

Oct. 14. 1955— St. Alban's Chapter No. 217 GRC. held a reception in honour 
of M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House. 

Oct. 22. 1955— The District Secretary Ex. Comp. D. B. Young and myself 
were permitted to join Ex. Comp. A. J. Martin, Excellent First Principal of the 
St. Patrick Chapter No. 145 GRC, his officers and members on their visit to 
Carleton Chapter No. 16 GRC. where the officers of The St. Patrick Chapter 
conferred the H.R.A. degree. A grand time was enjoyed by all. 

Nov. 11. 1955— Occident Chapter No. 77 GRC. investiture of J. Prince by 
M. Ex. Comp. J. L. House. 

Nov. 18. 1955-Grand Chapter Night-The St. Patrick Chapter No. 145 GRC. 
M. Ex. Comp. }. L. House, presented 50-year Jewels to Comps. W. Moore and 
H. E. Ried. 

The Companions of the Welfare Committee are to be congratulated on 
their work with the Underprivileged Children. This Committee is deserving 
of the support of every Companion. 

In concluding my report, may I say that the general outlook for Capitular 
Masonry in Toronto District No. 8 is good. 

By close co-operation of leaders of the Chapters the desire of the Companions 
to fulfill their duties as Masons and pride in achievement will continue to 
Improve in our time. 

I would like to extend my thanks to R. Ex. Comp. F. J. Johnson, Grand 
Scribe E. and R. Ex. Comp. R. J. Lewis and other Grand Chapter officers who 
assisted me during my term of office. To R. Ex. Comp. F. S. Fordham I express 
my thanks for his co-operation and fraternal spirit. I wish my successor every 
success and pledge him my whole-hearted support. 


Rt. Ex. Comp. F. S. Fordham 

\n m\ term of office draws to its close, all plans may not have reached their 

fulfilment, but I have a great feeling of satisfaction that the companionship 

of the jurisdiction is at a very high level, and any duties I have performed have 

been greatly rewarded. 

\I\ appreciation to Most Ex. Comp. John Loftus House for confirming my 
appointment as Grand Superintendent, also thanks to Principals of District 8A 
for my election and the honour conferred on Humber Chapter. 


My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. J. R. Johnson as my secretary. 
His assistance was invaluable and my hearty thanks for his most willing efforts. 

On May 31, 1955 a District meeting was held which was well attended by 
Rt. Ex., Ver. Ex., Ruling and Past Principals of the various Chapters. The 
opinion of the meeting was that Capitular Masonry in the District was assured 
of a bright future. 

Official visits were made to the 13 Chapters of the District as scheduled. 
I was promptly and cordially received with dignity as befits the representative 
of the Most Excellent Grand First Principal. My secretary reports all books 
and records well kept and up-to-date. 

A School of Instruction was held at Humber Chapter, Weston, at which 
the R.A.M. degree was exemplified. From the commends received it was of real 
educational value. 

On Sunday evening, November 13, 1955 a District Divine Service was held 
at Islington United Church, Islington. In attendance were Most Ex. Comp. John 
Loftus House, Grand First Principal; Rt. Ex. Comp. Maurice Searle, Grand Third 
Principal; Rt. Ex. Comp. C. M. Platten, Grand Superintendent District No. 8; 
and a good number of Companions of the various Chapters. 

I attended all installation ceremonies in the District upon invitation with 
the exception of two. I have also visited fraternally and socially in both Toronto 
Districts and at this time I would like to say how much I appreciated my 
association with Rt. Ex. Comp., C. M. Platten; his co-operation has been most 
helpful and pleasant. 

In summing up I would say that the conferring of the degrees in the various 
Chapters was of a high calibre, and all being financially sound, and with con- 
certed effort to solicit more members, Capitular Masonry should progress in 
the District. 

To the many Rt. Ex., Ver. Ex. Comps., Principals Past and Present, who 
have made my term most pleasant and rewarding a most sincere thanks and 
I trust you will give the same kindly advice and support to my successor. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. D. R. Davidson 

I have the pleasure of submitting for your consideration, report of the 
conditions of Capitular Masonry of Georgian District No. 9. 

First I would express my sincere appreciation to the electorate of the above 
District for the honour conferred on me, by electing me to the office of Grand 
Superintendent for the year 1955-56, and also to the Grand Body for their 
confirmation of the same. 

I would also take this opportunity of thanking the First Principals, Scribes, 
and each and every Companion of Georgian District for the wonderful com- 
panionship and co-operation throughout the year in making this the outstanding 
year of my Masonic life. 

After the election and investiture at Grand Chapter last year the First Pr. 
of Amabel Chapter No. 131 of Wiarton inquired of the District delegates as 
to their wishes for a District assembly to allow me to bring forward the requests 
and information which the Grand First Principal and the Grand Body required. 
I would at this time thank Ex. Comp. Gerry Bell and Amabel Chapter for 
arranging this meeting in the month of May. This meeting was a great success 
as every Chapter in the District was well represented by officers and Companions. 
At this meeting I appointed Ex. Comp. A. E. (Ted) Hardman my secretary. 


Sept. 13, 1955 I had the great privilege of visiting Signet Chapter No. 34, 
Barrie, at which time I had the honour of meeting and renewing friendships 
from the east end of our District. 

Oct. 14, 1955 my official visit brought me to Couchiching Chapter No. 198, 
Orillia, which was well attended by their own Companions and visiting Com- 
panions from the surrounding Chapters. The M.E.M. degree was very com- 
mendably exemplified at this Convocation. 


Nov. I"). 1955 Georgian Chapter No. f><> of Owen Sound veiy graciously 
received me as their Grand Representative, which will long be remembered 1>\ 
mc. 1 would be remiss it l did not congratulate this Chapter on the outstanding 
Rejuvenation of their Chapter and banquet rooms. 

Jan. 24, 1956, m\ visit to Amabel Chapter No. 181 of Wiarton was ven well 
attended 1>\ companions from each chapter of the District. The RAM. degree 
was exemplified on a class of 9 M.E.M.'s. I would like to thank the officers and 
companions of \niabcl Chapter for the gracious manner in which Ex. Comp. 
Hardman and myself were received. 

Feb. 13, 1956 KJchikewana Chapter No. 107 Midland received and enter- 
tained us in a manner befitting a king. The manner in which the officers con- 
ferred and exemplified the work of the degree as well as the attendance of 
\isiting companions speaks well for the advancement of Capitular Masonry. 

lei). 22. 1956, this was my last official visit to Manitou Chapter No. 27 
Collingwood. The meeting was well attended and the degree work was very 
well exemplified and I sincerely thank them for the very gracious manner in 
Which the\ received and entertained us all. At this convocation I presented 
Y. Ex.Comp. Cordon Munro of Manitou Chapter with a 25 year Past Z's Jewel. 
Comp. Munro is an outstanding citizen of his community. On Oct. 12, 1955 I 
also visited Collingwood along with Rt. Ex. Companions Irwin Raxendale of 
Georgian Chapter and Rt. Ex. Comp. Davidson of Manitou Chapter, and had 
the honour of representing the Grand First Principal in presenting Comp. 
l-.lias John Sivil with a Royal Arch Mason 50th year jewel. This Comp. was 
marked in Jan. 1905. received in March, 1905, and exalted in June, 1905. 

Thank you Georgian District for the many happy experiences of 1955-56. 
All in all. the Chapters in this District, without exception, are going ahead. 
Companions please remember our older Companions and visit them. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry S. Ewing 
In presenting my report for Ontario District, I extend to all the compan- 
ions oi the District m\ sincere thanks and appreciation for the honour they 
conferred on me in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent. I should 
also like to thank Most Excellent Companion John L. House for confirming 
m\ election. 

It was a pleasure for me to appoint my father Ex. Comp. J. Sloan Ewing 
as mv secretary. Ex. Comp. Ewing accompanied me on all my visits and was 
of great assistance. 

Early in May I sent an invitation to the principals of all the Chapters of 
the District to attend a meeting of instruction. One was held in Peterborough, 
Ma\ 25 and one in Cohourg on May 30. There was a splendid attendance at 
each meeting where many problems of work and conditions of chapters were 
disc ussed. 

The following official visits were arranged and completed. 

No. 28, Oshawa. 
No. 35, Whitby. 
No. 37, Port Hope. 
No. 249, Bowmanville. 
No. 134, Cannington. 
No. 48, Cobourg. 
No. 45, Colborne. 
No. 94, Lindsay. 
No. 168, Campbellford. 
No. 36, Peterborough. 
No. 110, Warkworth. 
It was my pleasure to visit all the Chapters in the District twice during the 
year. On every occasion I was received in a friendly and courteous manner. On 
most of my visits, it was a pleasure to have one or more of the companions of 
Warkworth Chapter accompany me. 

On all official visits a degree was conferred. The work done on most 
occasions was excellent. The prospects of all Chapters seem good for the coming 
year. Every Chapter was active and all received candidates. 



— Pentalpha 



— Keystone 



— Victoria 



— Palestine 



— King Darius 



— St. Johns 



— Excelsior 



- Midland 



— Ionic 



— Corinthian 



— Warkworth 


A special occasion was the reception on Sept. 13 of Most Ex. Comp. John 
L. House, and several members of Grand Chapter at Warkworth Chapter for 
a banquet and Dedication Service. Several Chapters of the District were repre- 
sented on this occasion. On Sept. 14 I was pleased to be present when Most. 
Ex. Comp. John L. House and members of Grand Chapter dedicated the 
Chapter room of Presqu'ile Chapter No. 144, Brighton. 

On Sunday, Oct. 2, a District Divine Service was held in Peterborough. 
This was the first District Service in a few years. The number attending was 
good and there is enthusiasm for a larger attendance for such a Service next 

On Jan. 6, I assisted at the Installation of officers in Excelsior Chapter, 
Colborne, and on Jan. 11 at the Installation in Warkworth Chapter. 

It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve as Grand Superintendent 
of this District. The spirit of friendship and co-operation has done much to 
strengthen the condition of Capitular Masonry. May the coming year be one of 
continued success. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. S. McElraith 
In presenting my report on the condition and activity of Capitular Masonry 
in Prince Edward District, may I first express my sincere thanks to the Prin- 
cipals, Past and Present, who were responsible for my election as Grand 
Superintendent and to M. Ex. Comp. John L. House for confirming that 

At this time I would also like to express my appreciation to Ex. Comp. H. 
E. Payne who has been my District Secretary and whose knowledge of Masonry 
was at all times, of great assistance. 

I would also like to thank those Companions, who, at a time when so 
many find it difficult to find time to do anything extra, found time to accom- 
pany me on my official visits. 

Before the end of my term, I shall have visited all Chapters in the District 
at least twice; St. Marks Chapter, Trenton, being the only one which has only 
been visited once, and that condition will be corrected before the end of my 

To comment on the work of the various Chapters, would entail much 
greater detail in this report, than I feel is desired, but I should be remiss if I 
failed to acknowledge the effort which was made by all Chapters to do good 
work. It was not, in all cases, word perfect, but the desire to make it as near so, 
as possible, was at all times evident. In this connection, I would particularly 
like to comment on the work of the Officers of Keystone Chapter, Stirling, who 
although they had no candidate of their own, during the year, conferred the 
two subordinate degrees in my presence, and did them excellently. 
Official inspections were carried out as follows: — 

May 17th — Presqu'ile Chapter No. 144, Brighton. 
June 5th — Mt. Sinai Chapter No. 44, Napanee. 
Oct. 18th - St. Marks Chapter No. 26, Trenton. 
Oct. 24th — Madoc Chapter No. 161, Madoc. 
Oct. 27th — Keystone Chapter No. 72, Stirling. 
Nov. 21st — Prince Edward Chapter No. 31, Picton. 
Dec. 6th — The Moira Chapter No. 7, Belleville. 
Dec. 12th — Quinte Friendship Chapter No. 227, Belleville. 
I have at all times been received in a manner conforming with the wishes 
of the Grand Council, with the accent on formality, yet underlying this form- 
ality there was at all times a feeling of companionship, which was appreciated 
by me, as my personal wish, throughout my term, was for the development 
within the District of a greater appreciation of what true companionship can 
mean. I sincerely trust that this feeling was not imagined, certainly it was 
not, as far as I was concerned. 

Capitular Masonry in Prince Edward District, is, in my opinion, very 
healthy, and when to this is added the development of companionship as 
referred to previously, it augurs well for the future of Capitular Masonry here. 


One indication of this ma) be seen in the increase in inter-Chapter visits, and 
the renewed activity over the possession ol our District Travelling Triangle. 
Our membership increased during the year. 

Dui inn m\ tenure ol office 1 was privileged to be present at the dedication 
of Warkworth Chapter, in Ontario Hist, and Presqu'lle Chapter in my own 
District, both being presided over l>\ I lie Most Excellent, the Grand Z. Com- 
panions who have not witnessed this ceremony should make every effort to do 
so. when an opportunity presents itself. 

During the year Prince Edward District suffered the loss of two Rt. Ex. 
Comps., who had served Capitular Masonry in the District for many many 
years. Rt Ex. Comp. E. |. Walters over fifty years a P.Z. of Mt. Sinai, Napanee, 
and active as S.E. of that Chapter up to the time of his death, and Rt. Ex. 
Comp. E. I . Cherry of I he Moira Chapter, Belleville, one of the Council of 
that Chapter when 1 was first advanced. It is with sincere regret we note their 
passing to (.rand Chapter above. 

Earlier 1 spoke ol being present at the dedication of Presqu'ile Chapter. 
(Further, in this connection. I would like to say how deeply the Brethren and 
Companions of Brighton are to be commended on carrying the construction of 
their beautiful Temple through to a successful conclusion. 

Finally, while during my term I have left undone those things which I 
ought to have done, in part owing to the fact that I did not enjoy the best of 
health, and in part owing to the fact that I find in passing from the position, I 
am now aware of many things which would have been of great advantage to me, 
had I known them at the start; I am deeply appreciative of the honour you 
ha\e extended to me in electing me to, and confirming me in, the position of 
Grand Superintendent of this grand old District, and assure you that I will do 
everything in my power to assist my successor. I solicit for him the full support, 
not only of the Rt. Ex. Comps. who are so loyal and ready to assist, at all times, 
but also of the Ex. Comps. and Companions of the District. I can assure them 
that thev will receive full value for any effort required of them, in supporting 
their representative of M. Ex. Comp. House. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. D. Hyndman 

As mv term as Grand Superintendent is almost finished, it is my pleasing 
dut\ to submit my report on the condition of Capitular Masonry in St. 
Lawrence District No. 12 during the past year. 

I would like first to express my humble thanks to the Companions of this 
District for the honour conferred on Maitland Chapter No. 68 and myself in 
selecting me as their Grand Superintendent and to Most Ex. Comp. John L. 
House for confirming the same. 

Mv first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Ernest B. Dangerfield as District 
Secretarv, and for his kind assistance at all times I am indeed most grateful. 

A meeting of instruction for the Principals was held in the library of the 
Masonc Temple in Brockville on May 9th. This was well attended by the Prin- 
cipals. The instructions from Grand Chapter were reviewed and a very inter- 
esting discussion pertaining to plans and procedure followed. 

A District Divine Service was held in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church. 
Kemptville on Sunday, October 16th. The attendance at this service was indeed 
pleasing to me and the Companions listened to a very inspiring sermon by Bro. 
Rev. Charles Mullen, speaker for the occasion. 

I have visited each Chapter of the District once officially during my term 
of office and found them all satisfactory and in order. I would like to congratu- 
late the Principals for the very fine manner in which the degrees are conferred 
and the general proficiency of the Officers. A very fine number of splendid 
candidates are being received into our Chapters and the future of Capitular 
Masonry in this District looks very bright. 

I would like to thank the Companions for the kind reception I received at 
each visit, for the splendid co-operation of the Principals and Scribes E. and to 
those who drove me and accompanied me on my visits. I have enjoyed meeting 
the old friends. I have made many new ones and I have many pleasant memories 
of my vear in office that I will prize and cherish. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 


R. Ex. Comp. Reg. J. Axcell 
The preparation of my report covering the past term is a pleasant duty 
which impresses upon my mind the honour my Companions of the District 
have bestowed on me and the confidence implied by the Most Excellent the 
Grand Z. John L. House in confirming my election. 

For such success as I have had in discharging the duties of Grand Super- 
intendent I am deeply indebted to many of my Companions who toiled con- 
stantly and willingly in the interest of Royal Arch Masonry. I am particularly 
indebted to my Excellent Companion, Dr. Norman F. H. Bright, who has been 
a most efficient Secretary to me and, by his example, a credit to Royal Arch 
Masonry in the district. I must also mention the loyal support given me by Rt. 
Ex. Companions Fergus McDiarmid and Harry Humphries and Ex: Companions 
Jack Sinclair, A. A. Wright and W. H. Edwards, to name only a few of the 
district stalwarts. 

My official visits as Grand Superintendent were as follows: 
Sept. 2nd — Kitchener Chapter No. 210 Russell 

Sept. 15th — Laurentian Chapter No: 151 Pembroke 

Sept. 23rd - Glengarry Chapter No. 143 Maxville 

Oct. 7th - St. John's Chapter No. 148 Vankleek Hill 

Oct. 13th — Granite Chapter No. 61 Almonte 

Oct. 17th — Bonnechere Chapter No. 114 Renfrew 

Oct. 20th -Prince of Wales Chapter No. 226 Perth 
Oct. 27th — Ottawa Chapter No. 222 Ottawa 

Nov. 2nd — Maple Chapter No. 116 Carleton Place 

Nov. 16th —Carleton Chapter No. 16 Ottawa 

Nov. 18th - St. Francis Chapter No. 133 Smith Falls 

Dec. 5th — Dochert Chapter No. 248 Arnprior 

On my official visits I was received as the representative of the Most 
Excellent, the Grand Z. with warmth and dignity and saw the ritual of the 
various degrees exemplified in impressive and enthusiastic manner. The "work" 
in some of the Chapters is outstanding and not once did I witness other than 
an efficient demonstration. 

Throughout the Ottawa district, excepting one Chapter which is exper- 
iencing temporary difficulties, Royal Arch Masonry maintains its steady pro- 
gress and the net increase during 1955 was 77. Our district strength presently 
stands at 1941 and it is my fondest hope that we will exceed the 2000 mark in 

During the year covered in this report Kitchener Chapter had a net increase 
in membership of 18 which equals the gain of any Chapter in the district. 
This striking progress is not due to chance but to the earnest efforts of the men 
in charge. Kitchener Chapter, indeed the whole district, suffered a grievous loss 
when the Great Architect was pleased to call Ex. Companion W. J. Campbell 
to his reward during the year thus depriving the Chapter of his initiative and 
vision. The Chapter recovered quickly, however, and under the capable leader- 
ship of Ex. Companion G. E. Young has continued its strong drive. Besides 
these two Ex. Companions, Kitchener Chapter owes a great debt of gratitude 
to the energy and example of Ex. Companion Steele, Scribe E., and Ex. Com- 
panion E. L. LaSalle, Treasurer. 

An outstanding event of the year took place on November 25th when Most 
Ex. Companion John L. House, Grand Z., Most Ex. Companion C. L. Pitts, 
acting Grand H., Right Ex. Companion Maurice Searle, Grand J., Right Ex. 
Companion Fred J. Johnson, Grand Scribe E, accompanied by a large group 
of Grand Chapter Officers, visited St. Francis Chapter at Smiths Falls for the 
purpose of dedicating the new Chapter room. Our district was honoured by the 
visit of the Grand Council and we were deeply impressed by the sincerity and 
ability of our Grand Z. 

I would be remiss if I closed this report without expressing my thanks to 
Rt. Wor. Brother Douglas McQuitty, D.D.G.M. who not only accompanied me 
on some of my visits but also made it possible for me to address a large 
gathering of Craft Masons on the aims and objects of Royal Arch Masonry, at 
one of his official visits. 


It I have been of service to the Royal Craft dming my term of office I am 
sincerely pleased. 1 can sa\ with certainty that the chance to serve lias meant 
more to me, has taught me more of Masonry and the Masonic spirit and has 
sained me more friends than I can ever sa\. I am sure that I can assure my 
Miccessoi the same co-operation and assistance that was extended to me and 
trust that he will derive the same personal satisfaction that I have experienced 
as the representative of the (.rand First Principal. 

\1.(.()MA DISTRICT No. 14 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Paid C. 1- iceberg 

Having had the privilege and honor of serving the Companions of Algoiua 
District as their (.rand Chapter representative during the past term, I take this 
means of expressing m\ appreciation and thanks, for choosing me as their 
nominee, and to the other Chapters of the District for their unanimous support 
at election and my thanks also to the M. Ex. Comp. John L. House for its 

I chose Fx. Comp. Hugh A. McPavden as District Secretary, who due to 
previous illness at first reluctantly declined, but in September after having 
mysell been laid up with a crippling ailment and feeling enough improved to 
Carry on. he then agreed to assist. 

So to him I extend mv thanks for most efficient help and co-operation, also 
Rt. Ex. Comp. J. W. Walker and Ex. Comp. I. \V. Smith who also accompanied 
me on several of mv official visits. 

Short 1\ after mv return from the Grand Chapter Convocation I paid an 
informal visit to Atwood Chapter No. 149, on May 19th, when the R. A. Degree 
was conferred on a class of ten candidates. For a Chapter of approximately 
fiftv mem hers in a small town to gain such an increase speaks well for their 
enterprise and zeal. 

Though sixty miles apart, Atwood and Alberton Chapters have had in the 
past quite frequent social and Masonic intercourse, particularly in the co- 
operation of conferring of degrees, at which I have had the honor and privilege 
of assisting. 

To Rt. Px. Comp. Wm. Hurst, Scribe E Atwood Chapter who for a number 
of years has included me in the summons mailing list I extend my thanks. 

Due to the uncertainty of improvement in my physical condition I was forced 
to delav arranging for official visits until late September, managed however to 
arrange to cover the western Chapters during the month of October, while the 
weather held, as those trips had to be made by car. 

Paid the first official visit to my home Chapter Alberton No. 152, Ft. Frances, 
on Oct. 11th. at which time the M.M.M. was conferred on two candidates in 
a very impressive and exemplary manner by Ex. Comp. James Robb who was 
ably assisted by the regular officers. 

Paid my official visit to Golden Star Chapter No. 254, Dryden, on Oct. 17th 
where previous to opening I held a class of instructions with the Chapter Officers. 
Golden Star is a comparatively young Chapter and 1 was quite impressed with 
the interest and enthusiasm shown. 

1 there made a note of two junior officers whose diligence and attendance 
record deserves special mention. 

Comp. Rudolph Schultz, Prin. Sojourner and Percy Dentry, M. First Veil 
come regularly from distances of 40 and 65 miles respectively to attend Chapter. 

Paid oflicial visit to Atwood Chapter No. 149, Rainy River, Oct. 20th, where 
I also held an instructions class at which I was very pleased with the interest 
and attentiveness, not only of the officers but the rest of the Companions who 
were present. 

Attended a Field Day and paid official visit to Golden Chapter No. 90, 
at Kenora on Oct. 26th. The M.M.M. and M.E.M. Degrees were conferred in the 
afternoon, the RAM. opened in the evening when I was received and the 
Royal Arch Degree conferred, and six candidates exalted. 

Such a program can be a lengthy and tedious procedure for one afternoon 
and evening, but the work was put on impressively, with efficiency and dispatch 


with no delays, and candidates were all rotated to represent principal characters. 
Afternoon session was finished early to leave good interval for social intercourse 
and get-togethers with out-of-town Companions, then for a banquet previous to 
evening session. 

On January 10th I had the honor to install and invest the officers of my own 
Chapter, Alberton No. 152, Fort Frances. 

Paid official visit to Fort William Chapter No. 140 and Shuniah Chapter 
No. 82, at a joint Convocation, held at Port Arthur on Feb. 15th. At this time 
two candidates, father and son received the M.M.M. degree, with Officers of 
both Chapters taking part in work, which was done in splendid manner. 

There was a very good attendance and were well received. 

Found sick committee responsibilities here very efficiently and fully covered. 
With future highway developments we hope to have more social and fraternal 
contacts between Lake Head and western Chapters in our Algoma District. 
Accompanied on this visit by Ex. Comp. I. W. Smith, acting District Secretary. 

Due to the extensive area of Algoma District, 15,000 square miles, with its 
widespread Chapter jurisdictions, we find our greatest problem to be making 
contact and keeping up the interest and consequently the standings of our out- 
side membership. In order not to feel forgotten or neglected by the mother 
Chapter, those Companions who live far removed require a little personal touch 
occasionally by correspondence, a chore which takes more than the efforts of 
a Scribe E. and at which most every Companion could lend a hand, a little 
friendly note at times, particularly to those Companions who are falling behind. 

Though our District has made no appreciable gain in membership of late, 
I believe prospects for progress in Algoma District to be encouraging. In my 
visits I was much impressed with the type and calibre of the officers coming up, 
and with their enterprise and spirit. 

With the further development of industries and highways there is every 
likelihood that at least one Chapter and possibly two or three more within the 
near future, may be instituted at in-between points. 

It is my opinion, that for the progress of Chapter Masonry in the District 
as a whole, any group of Chapter Masons in a locality, with a desire to form 
a Chapter of their own should be given all possible material assistance and 
encouragement by adjacent Chapters, to go ahead, if it is all practical. 

In closing I want to extend my very sincere thanks for the courtesy, consider- 
ation and hospitality that has been shown to myself during my official visits in 
which sentiments I have been requested to include my District Secretary Ex. 
Comp. McFayden and the others who accompanied us. 

To my successor I wish every success, and give him my promise to co-operate 
in any way I can. 

R. Ex. Comp. Earl A. Martin 

I respectfully submit my report on the condition of Royal Arch Masonry 
in New Ontario District No. 15. 

First may I offer my sincere appreciation to the Principals and Past Prin- 
cipals of this district for electing me to the high office of Grand Superintendant 
and to M. Ex. Comp. House for confirming my appointment and for making 
it possible for me to be installed in my mother chapter by Rt. Ex. Comp. E. J. 
Querney, assisted by Rt. Ex. Comp. George Shute and Rt. Ex. Comp. J. T. 
Mitchell on May 24th, 1955. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. A. T. Grieve as my secretary. 
While he was not able to accompany me on all my visits, he was always ready 
to give me support, whenever necessary. 

Not having been able to attend the annual convocation of Grand Chapter in 
April, and when I received notice of especial convocations to be held at Wark- 
worth and Brighton on Sept. 13 and 14 for the purpose of dedicating Chapter 
rooms in new masonic buildings in these communities, I decided to attend. 
R. Ex. Comp. Geo. Shute agreed to come along, so accompanied by our wives 
we had a very pleasant trip and I had the pleasure of meeting the officers of 
Grand Chapter. I felt honored at being allowed to take a small part in the 
impressive dedication ceremonies. 


I made 1m official \isit to my Mother Chapter, Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, 
Sudhuix on October 25th, 1955. l was accompanied into the Chapter by Rt. Ex. 
('oni|>. George Shute and Rt. Ex. Comp. E. T. Querney, being introduced by 
the former, Due to the inability of the Firs( Principal to be present, I was most 
cordially welcomed by Ex. Comp. M. MacKay. 

I he work for my inspection, the Holy Royal Arch Degree was conferred 
on five candidates, width was exemplified in a very efficient manner by all the 

regular officers. 

\ \et\ pleasing feature of this Chapter is to have as many Companions as 

possible assisting in degree work. 1 am sure this has created a greater interest, 
and the future of this Chapter is well taken care of. 

At the close of the meeting the Companions adjourned to the Banquet Room 
where I gave a talk on the Holy Royal Arch Degree, and endeavoured to 
strengthen and promote all the interest of Capitular Masonry. 

On November 3rd. 1955, accompanied l>\ Rt. Ex. Comp. George Shute I 
journeyed to Mattawa to get a real picture of conditions in Pembroke Chapter 
No. 58. Meeting Comp. A. I. Tongue who has been acting Scribe E, he furnished 
me with the following information: 

Members 11. of this number 5 are Life Members, and only himself living in 
Mattawa. Ascertaining as to dues being paid T learned, no dues have been paid 
for some years. His hank account in Nova Scotia No. 2059, shows a balance of 
$78.08 as of Dec. 27th. 1949. The last report to Grand Scribe E was sent in 1948. 
I also called on W. Bro. Harold Bell, as I learned he was most anxious to see 
the Chapter restored in Mattawa, he thought it could be done by the young 
members who are in the Blue Lodge. So I left with him a few of the small 
booklets on Roval Arch Masonry with some application forms trusting this would 
bring some good results. However. I have heard nothing further from W. Bro. 
Bell, even though I wrote him on Nov. 30th. 

November 3rd, 1955 I paid my official visit to St. John's Chapter No. 103, 
North Bay. Again it was my pleasure to be accompanied by Rt. Ex. Comp. 
George Shute. and was received with dignity and respect as the representative 
of the Most Excellent First Principal. I was very kindly introduced by V. Ex. 
Comp. W. L. Brown, and most courteously welcomed by Ex. Comp. E. Lome 
Moore. It was pleasing to witness the balloting on 7 applications all of which 
were voting men and I am sure they will endeavour to keep up the tradition 
of the Chapter. 

The work of the evening for my inspection was the M.M.M. Degree on 
3 candidates, all the officers were w r ell skilled, therefore must have made a vivid 
impression on the candidates. Presiding at the beautiful organ was Ex. Comp. J. 
Smorthwaite. whose playing added much to the solemnity of this degree. 

After the close of the Chapter we adjourned to the Banquet Hall. Ex. Comp. 
Harold Halcv proposed the toast to the Grand Chapter, and it was with much 
pleasure that I replied to this toast. 

This brought the closing of a successful evening. 

On November 10th. 1 95.5 I made my official inspection of Espanola Chapter 
No. 257. Espanola. Ontario, accompanied by my secretary Ex. Comp. A. T. Grieve, 
V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Bain, Rt. Ex. Comp. H. M. Stephenson, Rt. Ex. Comp. 
George Shute and eight Companions all from Tuscan Chapter No. 95, Sudbury, 
I was introduced by Ex. Comp. J. F. Boucher and was received graciously, with 
dignity befitting the representative of the M. Ex. the Grand First Principal by 
Ex. Comp. J. G. Gutcher, First Principal. 

The degree of the Holy Royal Arch was conferred on three candidates, in 
a most impressive ceremony, the work of all the officers excellent, and worthy 
of commendation. I am sure all the candidates must have been impressed. I can 
safely predict success for the future of this Chapter. 

At the close of the Chapter, we all adjourned to the Banquet Hall and 
partook of an enjoyable repast. Comp. Allan Higgins, acting toastmaster called 
on Comp. King to propose the toast to Grand Chapter. In replying I took for 
m\ topic our responsibility as Royal Arch Masons, which was very well received. 


November 25th, 1955. In company with Ex. Comp. John MacKay and Rt. 
Ex. Comp. George Shute, I had the pleasure of paying my official visit to 
Algonquin Chapter No. 102, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. 

1 was escorted to the Chapter room by Rt. Ex. Comp. J. Earl Davidson and 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Canon Colloton, being introduced by the former, and received 
a most cordial welcome by the First Principal Ex. Comp. J. H. Davey on behalf 
of the Companions present. 

The work for my inspection was the Order of Mark Master Degree with 
a full slate of the regular officers ably assisted by Past Principals and I most 
heartily commend their steadfast service, as the Degree was exemplified in a very 
creditable manner. 

At the refreshment hour Ex. Comp. Davey proposed the toast to Grand 
Chapter, and it was my privilege to reply by giving a talk on the Mark Master 
Mason Degree, which was well received. 

1 can safely say the future of this Chapter is being well taken care of. 

On Nov. 8th, 1955 it was a great pleasure for me to present on behalf of 
the Most Ex. Grand Z., a 50-year Jewel to V. Ex. Comp. W. H. Bain of Tuscan 
Chapter No. 95. Again on Dec. 13th, 1955 I had this same pleasant duty in 
presenting Rt. Ex. Comp. F. W. Colloton and Ex. Comp. R. S. Mitchell, both of 
Tuscan Chapter No. 95, with 50-year Jewels. 

I might say I was delighted to see eight Companions from Algonquin 
Chapter, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario present for this Convocation. 

A rather unique part of this evening which was the annual election of 
officers, was that the scrutineers for the occasion were the three Companions who 
had recently received their 50-year jewels. 

On January 10th I attended Tuscan Chapter when the officers for 1956 were 
installed and invested by Rt. Ex. Comps. Deeks and Stephenson. At this meeting 
five applications for exaltation were accepted. 

On January 12th, 11 members of Tuscan Chapter attended the installation 
meeting at Espanola Chapter when the officers for 1956 were installed and 
invested by Rt. Ex. Comps. Stephenson, Deeks, Querney, and Shute. At this 
meeting I had the honor of investing V. Ex. Comp. S. D. Spence as Grand 
Senior Sojourner and had the pleasure of presenting Ex. Comp. Gutcher with 
his Past Z Jewel and a new apron and sash, a gift from Espanola Chapter. 

I would particularly like to express my appreciation to Rt. Ex. Comp. George 
Shute who attended all the meetings with me, acting as secretary when Comp. 
Grieves was unable to attend. 

To my successor in office, I trust that he will receive the same co-operation 
and companionship that was extended to me on all occasions. 

R. Ex. Comp. L. W. Coombs 

At this time I would like to re-affirm my thanks to the Chapters of the 
District in nominating me for this high office, and to the Most Ex. Comp. John 
Loftus House in confirming same. 

Ex. Comp. G. A. Goddard did me the honor of accepting the office of District 
Secretary, and he has been a great help with his experience and guidance during 
my term for which I am sincerely thankful. 

With the exception of one Chapter this District is in a healthy condition 
and I sincerely hope that the officers will carry on and endeavour to maintain 
the standards of their predecessors that the coming year may be a benefit to 
them and Royal Arch Masonry in general. 

During my visits I have stressed the importance of the conferring of degrees 
by good ritualistic work and a strict adherence to The Ritual whereby we can 
make a good impression on new members, increase attendance, and induce these 
same members to attract more Craft Members to participate in our proceedings. 

At all official visits I was received graciously by the respective Chapters and 
have made many new associations which I hope to be able to continue in the 
future, with the hope that they may be beneficial to the well-being of our order. 

I have had the opportunity to witness the work in all degrees and can say 
that the Chapters in this District are to be congratulated on their work. We have 
had some increase in membership over last year but the overall increase has been 
reduced by the Grim Reaper and withdrawals due to change of residence which 

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is characteristic of our mining communities, and therefore all the more reason 
to make a special effort for new members. 

Fraternal \isits arc made quite frequently between Timmins and Abitibi 
Chapters with the resultant good attendances at both places. It is hoped that the 
other Chapters will be able to do the same during the favourable months for 
travelling during 1956. 

Kirkland Chapter have pledged themselves to confer some degree in the 
Craft 1 odge and have where possible extended invitations to Craft members 
to their social events, which has resulted in receiving petitions from the two 
Craft 1 odges there, and may well be followed by other Chapters as a means 
of inducing new members. 

M\ official \isits were as follows: Oct. 19th, Northern Lights, Timmins; 
Oct. 28th, Vbitibi, Iroquois falls; Nov. 10th, Temiskaming, New Liskead; Dec. 
20th. Cobalt, kirkland: Kirkland Lake, Jan. 25th. 1956, where I installed the 
Officers toi 1956 with the assistance of the Past First Principals of that Chapter. 

In conclusion 1 wish to thank all those Companions who gave of their time 
to accompany me on my visits with a special thankyou to Ex. Comp. Kaplan 
for his assistance in arranging for the transportation for these events, and to all 
the Chapters for the kindness and hospitality shown me, may my successor 
receive the same co-operation that I have enjoyed. 


R. Ex. Comp. Edward Hugh Logan St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Sidney Daniel Lacey London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Andrew Embury Williamson Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. Burton Malcolm McNaughton Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. H. Stuart Merrall Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Burke Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. John Nickle Davis Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Clifford Mendham Platten Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick Sydney Fordham Toronto West District N0.8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Daniel Robert Davidson Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry Sloan Ewing Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Harper Samuel McElrath Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Hugh Donald Hyndman St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Reginald James Axcell Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Paul Charles Freeberg Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Earl Alexander Martin New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Leslie Walter Coombs Temiskaming District No. 16 


R. Worshipful Brother and R. Ex. Comp. Harry L. Martyn of Toronto, 
Ontario, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada, in 
the Province of Ontario, expressed his appreciation for the kind and gracious 
welcome extended to him by M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, and the pleasing 
presentation and introduction by M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden. He stated 
that he was representing the M. Wor. the Grand Master Companion, Bishop 
William L. Wright, whose absence was caused by official duties elsewhere. R. 
Wor. Bro. & R. Ex. Comp. Martyn stated that he was no stranger to RAMry and 
its Annual Convocations, he congratulated the Grand Z. on his address, and said 
he felt that all masonic bodies would do well to work together. 

He concluded by stating that there was a very warm feeling in Royal Arch 
Masonrv of goodwill of others. 

"The most precious thing that anyone can have, is goodwill of others. 

It is something as fragile as the orchid, and as beautiful. 

It is more precious than a golden nugget, and as hard to find. 

It is as powerful as a great turbine, and as hard to build. 

It is as wonderful as youth, and as hard to keep. 

It is an intangible something, this goodwill to others, yet more to be desired 
than much fine gold. 

It is a measure of a man's success, and determines his usefulness in this life." 



M. Ex. Comp. John L. House, Grand Z., drew to the attention of all present 
the absence of R. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham, who through illness was 
prevented from occupying the chair of Grand Second Principal, he mentioned 
that the Members of the Executive Committee had sent flowers to our Gr. H., 
and that he would like to move that a message of cheer be sent to Mrs. 
Gooderham, this motion was seconded by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, acting 
Second Principal H. 

This was carried unanimously, and the following message was telegraphed. 

"Dear Mrs. Gooderham. 

Under the Grand Z's direction, and the whole 98th Annual Convocation 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada, we send this message 
of extreme regret, that your dear husband, our Grand H., is unable to be with us 
through illness today. We want you to know that we miss you both, and sincerely 
hope that Mel will make a good recovery, and be with us again next year. 

Fred J. Johnson, 

Grand Scribe E. 



March 31, 1956 
To the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

I submit herewith statement of Receipts and Disbursements for 
the period March 1, 1955-February 29, 1956: 



Balance-February 28, 1955 $ 9,512.55 

Received from Grand Scribe "E": 

Rebate of Executive Committee Expenses ... $ 13.20 

Receipts from Chapters 21,112.40 

Grand Convocation Receipts 247.00 

Transfer from Chapters' 

Life Membership Fund 33.75 

Interest on Investments 2,342.50 

Sale of Furniture 15.00 

Bank Interest 2.86 




Grand Scribe "E" Office: 

Compensation $ 4,200.00 

Assistant 2,340.00 

Rent 1,380.00 

Office Furniture 378.70 

Miscellaneous 1,012.67 


Proceedings 1,600.00 

General 636.74 


Grand "Z" 1,500.00 

General 70.00 


Grand Convocation 2,810.84 

Grand Executive 1,562.08 

Grand Historian and Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 

Jewels, Medals and Engraving 537.93 

Supplies for Re-Sale 99.00 

Education and Instruction — 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters — 

Transfer to Centennial Year Fund 1,000.00 

Transfer to Chapters' Life Membership Fund 9.05 

Grand '/"—Regalia 251.25 

Grand "Z"— Testimonial 350.00 

Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Liability Insurance 4,236.40 


BALAXCE-as at February 29, 1956 8,429.60 





Balance-February 28, 1955 $ 1,648.82 

Received from Grand Scribe "E": 

Interest on Investments $ 1,933.50 

Bank Interest 34.65 


$ 3,616.97 


Benevolent Grants $ 1,450.00 

Investments Purchased: 

$2,000.00 Hydro-Electric Power Commission 
of Ontario, 3i/ 2 %, Oct. 15, 1979, 

@ -971/2 1,950.00 

Accrued Interest 21.10 

$ 3,421.10 

BALANCE-as at February 29, 1956 195.87 

$ 3,616.97 



Balance-February 28, 1955 $ 3,617.68 

Received from Grand Scribe "E": 

Commutations $ 760.00 

Interest on Investments 745.00 

Bank Interest 35.92 


Proceeds of Investments Sold: 

$25,000.00 Dominion of Canada, 3%, June 

1, 1960, @ 102 25.500.00 

Accrued Interest 349.32 




Investments Purchased: 

$25,000.00 Municipality of Metropolitan 
Toronto, $i/ 2 %, May 2, 1975, 

@ 99i/2 $24,875.00 

Accrued Interest 43.15 


BALANCE-as at February 29, 1956 6,089.77 


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Balanee-Iebruaiv 28, 1955 $ 455.44 

Received from (.rand Scribe "E": 

Transferred from General Fund $ 9.05 

Bank Interest 4.60 


$ 469.09 


Transferred to General Fund $ 33.75 

$ 33.75 

BALANCE-as at February 29, 1956 435.34 

$ 469.09 



Balance-February 28, 1955 $ 1,083.63 

Transferred from General Fund $ 1,000.00 

Interest on Investments 52.50 

Bank Interest 5.83 


S 2.141.96 


Investments Purchased: 

$1,000.00 Canada Permanent Mortgage 

Corp. 3i/ 2 %, May 1, 1958, @ 100 $ 1,000.00 

$ 1,000.00 

BALAXCE-as at February 29, 1956 1,141.96 

$ 2,141.96 

Examined and Verified: Respectfully submitted, 


Auditor. Grand Treasurer. 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by M. Ex. 
Comp. F. W. Dean, that- 
Resolved— That the report of the Grand Treasurer be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

I present herewith the Annual Report of Cash Receipts and 

Ledger Balances for the fiscal year ending February 29th, 1956. 



March 1st, 1955, to February 29th, 1956 

No. Name of Chapter Amount Balance Balance 

Debit Credit 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui $ 245.60 5.15 

2. The Hiram 158.61 

3. St. John's, London 169.68 29.13 

4. St. Andrew & St. John 166.77 2.00 

5. St. George's 212.00 9.00 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 142.51 10.66 

7. The Moira 249.57 

8. King Solomon's 203.00 

15. Wawanosh 157.40 1.00 

16. Carleton ' 504.08 8.31 

18. Oxford 212.20 

19. Mount Moriah 258.93 .85 

20. Mount Horeb 115.61 .43 

22. Grenville 94.55 

23. Ezra 144.95 8.25 

24. Tecumseh ' 247.10 15.75 

26. St. Mark's 97.33 1.00 

27. Manitou 113.55 1.10 

28. Pentalpha 214.75 .58 

29. McCallum 99.60 1.70 

30. Huron 108.83 .14 

31. Prince Edward 204.18 1.93 

32. Waterloo 124.45 6.43 

34. Signet 103.33 1.35 

35. Keystone 113.91 .15 

36. Corinthian 280.40 

37. Victoria 127.38 1.50 

40. Guelph 249.96 5.13 

41. Harris 138.10 3.82 

44. Mount Sinai 122.93 2.02 

45. Excelsior 43.50 4.00 

46. St. James 59.83 1.50 

47. Wellington 147.21 

48. St. John's, Cobourg 82.92 10.39 

53. Bruce 68.98 1.42 

54. Palestine 219.36 4.83 

55. Niagara 81.71 2.28 

56. Georgian 74.76 .42 

57. King Hiram 71.90 

58. Pembroke (Inactive) 

59. Sussex— St. Lawrence 270.77 7.75 

61. Granite 90.08 6.43 

62. York 128.14 5.00 

63. Havelock 78.98 .05 

64. Willson 163.23 3.56 

65. St. Paul's 95.91 40.83 

66. The Malloch 87.98 

67. Enterprise 82.43 2.92 


\.> Name of Chapter Amount Balance Balance 

Debit Credit 

68. Maitland 111.10 .85 

69. Grimsb) 74.20 2.35 

71. Prince ot Wales 141.85 1.55 

72. Keystone 59.50 

7:?. Erie 98.83 1.00 

74. Beaver 98.03 

75. St. Clair 82.65 8.50 

76. Mount Nebo 75.4:? .42 

77. Occident 335.31 1.00 

78. Minnewawa 106.15 2.10 

79. Orient 79.38 

80. Ark 228.18 1.35 

Aylmer 129.55 .42 

Shuniah 246.42 2.54 

Ionic 108.21 

Lebanon 100.06 1.71 

McNabb 106.07 .43 

Golden 162.33 5.12 

Toronto-Antiquity 170.35 4.79 

Midland 126.85 

Tuscan 290.89 2.50 

Algonquin 200.13 9.93 

St. John's. North Bay 163.93 3.35 

White Oak 107.72 2.12 

Warkworth 63.95 

St. John's, Morrisburg 108.08 10.85 

Covenant 231.31 2.10 

Bonnechere 107.93 4.90 

Brant 108.53 

Maple 75.95 3.70 

Kitchener 170.85 6.85 

King Cyrus 147.27 .84 

Elliot 76.65 1.00 

Chantry 62.58 

Amabel 95.68 .85 

Leeds 109.13 7.35 

St. Francis 210.74 2.46 

King Darius 43.36 .27 

Succoth 59.61 .30 

Shekinah 212.16 84.98 

Fori William 142.36 1.69 

Glengarry 57.45 5.58 

Presqu'ile 58.77 7.28 

The St. Patrick 362.00 1.00 

Bernard 122.03 2.25 

Lucknow 77.65 .16 

St. John's, Vankleek Hill 99.23 .58 

Atwood 98.73 5.67 

London 118.78 1.70 

Laurentian 145.33 6.00 

Alberton 138.64 2.12 

Sombra 107.10 6.58 

Klondike 26.35 74.85 

Ancaster 79.03 42.00 

Madoc 141.23 

The Beaches 109.83 

Lome 88.83 1.70 

Kichikcuana 129.96 3.00 

Ionic 130.88 12.63 



Name of Chapter 

169. Temiskaming 

175. The Hamilton 

184. Hugh Murray 

195. Peel 

198. Couchiching 

203. Cobalt 

205. Victoria 

210. Kitchener 

212. Mount Sinai 

213. Northern Lights 

214. Vimy 

215. Mimico 

217. St. Alban's 

218. Prince Edward 

219. Ulster 

220. Lebanon 

221. Durham 

222. Ottawa 

223. Abitibi 

224. Keystone 

225. Beaver '. 

226. Prince ot Wales 

227. Quinte Friendship 

230. Port Credit 

231. The St. Clair 

232. King Cyrus 

233. Oakwood 

234. Halton 

235. Aurora 

236. Caledonia 

238. The St. Andrew 

239. Blenheim 

240. Smithville 

241. University 

242. St. Paul's 

243. McKay 

245. Preston 

246. Humber 

247. Nilestown 

248. Dochert 

249. Palestine 

250. Thomas Peters 

251. Kirkland 

252. Hiawatha 

253. Regal 

254. Golden Star 

255. Tillsonburg 

256. Yukon 

257. Espanola 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 

Grand Chapter of New Brunswick . 

Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 

Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan 










































































































Name of Chapter Amount Balance Balance 

Debit Credit 

Executive Committee 13.20 

Convocation Receipts LM7.00 

Sale of Old Furniture 15.00 

Bond Interest Received 2,342.50 

Hank Interest 2.86 

23,913.89 658.23 127.27 

For the Year Ending February 29, 1956 
Credits to Chapters* Accounts: 

Receipts from Chapters $21,112.40 

Transfer from Chapters' Life Membership Fund 33.75 


Interest Received from Investments 2,342.50 

Interest Received from Bank 2.86 

Received from Convocation (Credited to Convocation Expense) 247.00 

Received from Executive Committee 13.20 

Sale of Old Furniture 15.00 

Examined and Verified, 


To the Scribes E. of this Grand Jurisdiction, please accept my 
sincere thanks and appreciation for your assistance during the past 
year. I have constantly asked for your support and you have not 
failed me. This year you complied with the requirements of the 
Constitution up to 95%. This is 10% better than last year, 1954. I 
know that some of our Chapters have had trouble, illness, etc., 
therefore I would suggest that the First Principal appoint one of 
the Officers of the Chapter to carry on this very important duty to 
Grand Chapter. 

Scribes E., yours is a very important office in your Chapter, and 
I want you to know that Grand Chapter office is more than willing 
to do its part in assisting you. Give us your problems and we will 
get you an answer. Of the accounts outstanding by the Chapters, 
more than 50% were paid at the end of March, 1956. One big re- 
minder, the last day for filing is January 31st of each year, not Feb- 
ruary 28th. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 


Grand Scribe E. 
Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. F. J. Johnson, that- 
Resolved— That the report of the Grand S. E. be received and adopted. 



Most Excellent Companion, John Loftus House, Grand First 

Principal, Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Temple Building, Toronto, Ontario. 

March 20, 1956. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I have made my regular examination of the books of account 
and supporting records of Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada for the fiscal year ended February 29, 1956 and have 
prepared therefrom the statements listed below, which I now present 
together with my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A"— Balance Sheet as at February 29, 1956. 
Exhibit "B"— Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account 
for the year ended February 29, 1956. 

Schedule "1"— The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund as 

at February 29, 1956. 
Schedule "2"— The Life Membership Fund — Grand Chapter as 

at February 29, 1956. 
Schedule "3"— The Centennial Fund as at February 29, 1956. 
Schedule "4"— The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at 

February 29, 1956. 


The Petty Cash Fund, shown in Exhibit "A", was counted from 
time to time during the fiscal year ended February 29, 1956 and 
on each occasion was found to be in order. The bank balances of 
the several accounts set out in Exhibit "A" and Schedules "1", "2", 
"3" and "4" were verified by the certificate of your bankers as at 
February 29, 1956 and all the bank transactions in the respective 
accounts, during the fiscal year then ended were examined. 

The accounts receivable from the various Chapters were re- 
viewed in detail and appear to be proper charges. From the 
information presently available, it would appear that the Reserve 
for Uncollected Accounts should prove adequate to cover probable 
losses. I note that Chapter Number 154 has been very inactive and 
that charges for annual dues are accumulating against it. Con- 
sequently, I would recommend that action be taken to ascertain 
the exact status of this Chapter and what steps should be taken 
to ensure the collection of the outstanding dues charged against it. 

The amount due from the Life Membership Fund of Grand 
Chapter to the General Fund was reduced by the transferring of 
securities with a par value of $7,000.00 from the Life Membership 
Fund to the General Fund. It is my understanding that the balance 
due from the Life Membership Fund will be liquidated by a cash 
transfer from that Fund in the near future. 

The investments of the several Funds, as set out in Exhibit "A" 
and Schedules "1", "2" and "3" were examined on March 20, 1956 


in the presence of the Grand Z and the Grand Scribe E and were 
found to be as stated in the statements already referred to herein. 
They continue to be held in the place and custody authorized by 
the Grand Chapter. During the course of my examination of these 
securities. 1 noted that the bonds acquired during the fiscal year 
under review were bearer bonds and not registered either as to 
principal or interest. 1 would recommend that all the securities be 
examined and be registered in the name of the Grand Chapter of 
the Royal Arch Masons of Canada at least as to principal. 

So Ear as I have been able to ascertain, from due inquiry of 
the Officials concerned, all known liabilities of the various Funds 
were taken up in the books of account as at February 29, 1956 and 
are reflected in Exhibit "A" and Schedules "1", "2", "3" and "4". 

Details of the transactions in the General Reserve Account 
during the fiscal year ended February 29, 1956 are set out in 
Exhibit "A". In my interim report of December 15, 1955, I 
presented a detailed report of the excess interest which had 
been credited to the Life Membership Fund of Grand Chapter 
through allowing the amount owing from the Life Membership 
Fund to the General Fund to remain outstanding for several years 
and in the analysis of General Reserve appearing in Exhibit "A", 
here, you will note that this excess interest has been transferred to 
the General Fund and credited to the General Reserve. In order 
for the Life Membership Fund to provide dues at $0.85 and be able 
to meet its actuarial requirements, it was necessary to transfer to 
that Fund from the General Reserve an amount of $3,298.06. 

Details of the operations of the General Fund for the fiscal 
year ended February 29, 1956, as shown by the books of account 
of the Grand Scribe E, are set out in Exhibit "B" and compared 
with the Budget as approved by Grand Chapter. The year's opera- 
tions resulted in a Net Revenue of $4,107.42 which has been credited 
to the General Reserve in Exhibit "A". You will note that a 
substantial portion of this Net Revenue is derived from the method 
of handling the portion of the liability insurance premiums which 
relates to the two succeeding years, by setting it up as a Deferred 
Charge in Exhibit "A", and charging it to operations in the years 
to which it applies. 

As in preceding years, interim examinations were made of the 
books of account and tentative interim reports submitted to you 
relating to these examinations. The books of the Grand Treasurer 
were examined and found to be in excellent order. I have obtained 
all of the information and explanations which I have required. 
My examination included a general review of the accounting proce- 
dures and such tests of the accounting records and other supporting 
evidence as I have deemed necessary under the circumstances. 

In my opinion, the attached Balance Sheet and related state- 
ments are properly drawn up so as to exhibit a true and correct 
view of the state of the financial affairs of the Grand Chapter of 


Royal Arch Masons of Canada as at February 29, 1956 and the 
result of operations for the year then ended, according to the best 
of my information and the explanations afforded to me and as 
shown by the books of the Grand Chapter. 
All of which is fraternally submitted 


Exhibit "A" 

Current Assets: 

Petty Cash Fund $ 35.67 

Cash in Bank 8,429.60 

$ 8,465.27 

Accounts Receivable— Chapters 530.96 

Less: Reserve for Uncollected Accounts 100.00 


Due from Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter 3,857.99 

Accrued Interest on Investments 706.30 

Investments: $13,460.52 

Dominion of Canada -3%-1960 25,000.00 

Dominion of Canada -3%-1966 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario -23/ 4 %-1968 6,000.00 

Province of Ontario — 3%— 1977 4,000.00 

H.E.P.C. of Ontario -3i/ 2 %-1979 28,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corp. 

-3i/ 2 %-1961 10,000.00 

Toronto General Trust Corp.-3i/ 2 %-1960 1,500.00 


Less: Unamortized Discount 736.72 


Furniture and Fixtures 944.08 

Less: Reserve for Depreciation 929.46 


Grand Chapter-Library 250.00 

Grand Council— Regalia 75.00 

Deferred Charge— Liability Insurance 2,434.00 

Special Funds: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "1'..) 61,025.34 

The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter 

(Schedule "2") 27,402.03 

The Centennial Fund (Schedule "3") 3,655.08 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund 

(Schedule "4") 435.34 



Current Liabilities: 

Accounts Payable $ 269.68 

Unexpended Reserves 1,225.45 

$ 1,495.13 

Reserve for Special Funds 92,517.79 

General Reserve: 

Balance-March 1, 1955 89,760.33 

Add —Excess Interest Credited to Life 


Membership Fund - 1952 - 1954 
[nclusive fransferred to General 

Fund 432.60 

-Net Revenue (Exhibit "B") 4,107.42 

Deduct —Transfer to Life Membership 
Fund to bring it into position to 
pa) $0.85 per member per annum 3,298.06 



Exhibit "B" 


Estimated Over $ 

Revenue Actual Revenue or Under 

Fees 33,200.00 $2,951.00 $ 249.00 

Dues (per capita) 13,500.00 14,042.77 ^542.77 

Dues (per capita re Liability Insurance... 1,800.00 2,385.87 ^ 585.87 

Life Membership Dues 2,500.00 2,514.75 J 14.75 

Dispensations 150.00 161.00 $ 11.00 

Interest Earned: 

Investments 2,200.00 $2,549.64 

Bank Deposits 2.86 

2,200.00 2,552.50 $ 352.50 

Sales (Net) 1,898.30 } 1,898.30 

Total Revenue 23,350.00 26,506.19 £ 3,156.19 

Total Expenditure 25,867.00 22,398.77 3,468.23 

Estimated Expenditure 2,517.00 

Net Revenue 4,107.42 6,624.42 


Estimated Over £ 

Revenue Actual Revenue or Under 
Grand Scribe E: 

Compensation $4,200.00 $4,200.00 

Office Assistant 2,340.00 2,340.00 

Rent ... 1,380.00 1,380.00 

Incidentals 1,200.00 752.11 $ 447.89 



Foreign Correspondence— Reviewer 300.00 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 400.00 


Proceedings 1,700.00 1,600.00 100.00 

General 600.00 666.44 $ 66.44 



Grand Z 1,500.00 1,500.00 

General 550.00 317.19 232.81 



Convocation 3,200.00 2,716.59 483.41 

Executive Commitee 1,400.00 1,548.88 $ 148.88 





Education 125.00 


Jewels and Engraving 700.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Grant to Can. Masonic Res. Assoc 50.00 

Centennial Fund 1,000.00 

Chapters' Life Membership Fund 11.00 

Grand Z-Regalia 200.00 

Testmonial-I.P.G.Z 350.00 

Purchase of Office Equipment 300.00 

Liability Insurance 4,236.00 

Provision for Bad Debts 

Total Expenditure 25,867.00 

Actual Revenue or Under 














* 78.70 


t 59.25 

22,398.77 3,468.23 

Schedule "1" 

Balance-March 1, 1955 $60,373.51 


Bond Interest $ 1,924.90 

Bank Interest 34.65 

Amortization of Bond Discount 172.00 

Less: Amortization of Bond Premium 



Deduct: Benevolence— Grants 
Balance-February 29, 1956 ... 




Cash in Bank 

Accrued Interest on Investments 


Dominion of Canada 
Province of Ontario 
Province of Ontario 
Province of Ontario 
Province of Ontario 
Province of Ontario 
H.E.P.C, of Ontario 
H.E.P.C. of Ontario 
Toronto General Trusts 


- 3%-1966 

- 3%-1965 

- 3%-1966 

-23/ 4 %-1968 

- 3%-1969 

- 3%— 1977 

-3i/ 2 %-1979 
-3i/ 2 %-1960 



Discount $ 










Schedule "2" 

Balance-March 1, 1955 $25,168.08 


rransfer from Genera] Fund to Bring Life Member- 
ship Fund into Position to Pay SO. 85 per Life 

Member $ 3,298.06 

Com mutations Issued 790.00 

interest on Investments ' 892.62 

Hank Interest 35.92 

Cain on Disposal on Investments 500.00 



1955-56 Life Membership Dues at $0.85 2,850.05 

Transfer to General Fund re Excess Interest Credited 

to Life Membership Fund— 1952— 1954 inclusive 432.60 


Balance-February 29, 1956 27,402.03 



Cash in Bank 6,089.77 

Due from Chapters 33.80 

Acrued Interest on Investments 255.20 


Metropolitan Toronto — Si/ 2 %— 1975.... $25,000.00 

Less: Unamortized Discount 118.75 




Due to General Fund 3,857,99 


Schedule "3" 

Balance-March 1, 1955 $ 2,596.75 


Bond Interest $ 52.50 

Bank Interest 

Annual Provision from General Fund . 


Balance-February 29, 1956 

3 655 08 



Cash in Bank 

Accrued Interest on Investments 


Toronto General Trusts Corporation - 
Canada Permanent Mortgage Corp. - 

■3i/ 2 %- 
-3i/ 2 %- 







Schedule "4" 

Balance-March 1, 1955 $ 455.44 


Bank Interest $ 4.60 

Transfer horn General Fund (Adjusting interest 

earned by Fund to 3%) 9.05 



1955 Chapter Dues Transferred to General Fund to 

the Chapters' Account 33.75 

Balance-February 29, 1956 435.34 

Cash in Bank 435.34 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. M. A. Searle, that- 
Resolved— That the Auditor's Report be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, 
Officers, and Members of the Grand Chapter, 
Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee on Printing has received the expenditures for 
the year ending February 29, 1956 and submits the following ana- 
lysis in support thereof: 

Printing Proceedings 

Postage 1600.00 

General Printing 666.44 

Total 2266.44 

It is respectfully requested that the following monies be placed 
at the disposal of the Printing Committee for the fiscal year of 

Printing Procedures 

Postage 1600.00 

General Printing and Office Supplies 800.00 

Printing for resale 1600.00* 

*The cost of this item will be liquidated before the 
next request for a similar expenditure. 


Recommendations No. 1 and No. 2 proposed by last year's 
Printing Committee, have been partially carried out and will be 
completed in the next fiscal year. 

Recommendation No. 3 should be implemented by the Grand 
Council by appointment, or so instruct the Printing Committee to 
handle this function as a part of their regular duties. 

It is respectfully requested that the recommendations set forth 


l>\ last year's Printing Committee be adopted as standing rules for 
the Printing Committee to be amended or added to only by the 
Grand Executive through regular procedures. 


It will be noted that $1800.00 was budgeted for printing the 
"Work" this year 1955-6. Due to the provisions set forth in Recom- 
mendation No. 1 of last year's Printing Committee requiring three 
sealed tenders, this procedure took longer than the former practice 
therefore was not completed during the fiscal year. It will also be 
noted that this year's estimate for the same printing has been re- 
duced by $200.00. This was due to the very commendable work 
done by the Grand Scribe E in getting a contract with a printer 
who will do the job by the off-set printing method which will effect 
a saving in type setting. Also, it will not be necessary to pay for 
lead storage by this printing method. Future costs should be fur- 
ther reduced by re-use of the plates made for the off-set printing 

Your Printing Committee would like to take this opportunity 
to inform the membership of Capitular Masonry of the excellent 
job that is being done by the Grand Scribe E in streamlining the 
office procedures and the forms sent to the constituent chapters for 
reports required by Grand Chapter to be more in keeping with 
modern business practices to save filing space in the office, reduce 
printing costs, and produce more work with no additional office 

Respectfully submitted, 
Rt. Ex. Comps. C. M. Platten 
F. S. Fordham 
C. E. Griffin, Chairman 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. C. E. Griffin, that- 
Resolved— That the report of Printing Committee be received and adopted. 


To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Your Committee on Investments reports the following: — 
Schedule of Investments as of February 29th, 1956 


Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 1 

and December 1, due June 1, 1960 

(Fully Registered $20,000.00 - Bearer $5,000.00) $ 25,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 

1 and September 1, due September 1, 1966 (Fully Registered) .... 2,500.00 
Province Of Ontario, Interest 2%%, payable half-yearly, January 15th 

and July 15th, due July 15th, 1968 6,000.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, April 15th and 

October 15th, due October 15th, 1977 4,000.00 


Hydro Electric Power Commission, Interest 3i/£%, payable half-yearly, 

April 15th and October 15th, due October 15th, 1979 28,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, Interest 31/4%, payable 

half-yearly, January 15th and July 15th, due January 15th, 1961 .... 10,000.00 

Toronto General Trusts Corporation, Interest 31/%, payable half- 
yearly, January 27th and July 27th, due January 27th, 1960 1,500.00 

$ 77,000.00 


Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 1 

and September 1st, due September 1st, 1966 $ 200.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly March 1 

and September 1st, due September 1st, 1966 (Fully Registered 10,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly March 1 

and September 1st, due September 1st, 1966 — callable September 

1st, 1961 (Fully Registered) 4,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly March 1 

and September 1st, due September 1st, 1966 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly May 1 and 

November 1st, due November 1st, 1965 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly May 1 and 

November 1st, due November 1st, 1966 3,000.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 23/4%, payable half-yearly January 15th 

and July 15th, due July 15th, 1968 1,000.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly April 15th and 

October 15th, due October 15th, 1965 9,000.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly April 15th and 

October 15th, due October 15th, 1977 8,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Commission of Ontario, Interest 4i/ 2 %, payable 

May 1 and November 1st, due November 1st, 1967 6,500.00 

(Guaranteed by Province of Ontario) 
Toronto General Trust Corporation, Interest 3i/£%, payable half- 
yearly, January 27 and July 27th, due January 27th, 1960 7,000.00 

Hydro Electric Power Commission, Interest $i/ 2 %, payable half-yearly 

May 15 and October 15, due October 15, 1979 2,000.00 

$ 62.200.00 


City of Metropolitan Toronto, Interest 3y£%, payable half-yearly, 

May 2 and November 2, due November 2, 1975 $ 25,000.00 


Toronto General Trusts Corporation, Interest 3i/ 2 %, payable half- 
yearly, January 27th and July 27th, due January 27th, 1960 $ 1,500.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, Interest 3i/£%, payable 

half-yearly May 1 and November 1, due May 1, 1958 1,000.00 

$ 2,500.00 
Total Investments $166,700.00 

Your Committee on Investments has had a meeting with the 
Grand Scribe E. 


The assistance and advice given by the members of the Fin- 
ance Committee, the Grand Scribe E., the Grand Treasurer and 
Most Excellent Companion House, is sincerely appreciated and 
gratefully acknowledged". 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert. 
April 9th, 1956. Chairman 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. 
Comp. F. C. Ackert, that— 

Resolved— That the report of the Investment Committee be received. 




To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

Your Committee has reviewed the address of our Grand First Principal, 
Most Excellent Companion John L. House, and while we regret, with him, the 
absence of our Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Wright, we join with 
him in his cordial welcome to our Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful 
Brother and Right Excellent Companion, Harry L. Martin. 

To all our guests from Sister Jurisdictions and from other branches of 
Masonry he has tendered sincere and fraternal felicitations in which we all 

Our entire Grand Chapter is in sympathetic accord with our Grand Z. in 
his graceful tribute to our Companions who have 'passed on' and 
"Sailed with death to that mysterious strand 
Where freighted ships go sailing ever more, 
But none return to tell us of that land." 

We feel we can proudly present our honored dead as patterns and incentives 
for the emulation of those who come after. 

Our Grand First Principal has given much time and shown evidence of 
energy and zeal in his visitations to Sister Jursdictions and within our own 
Jurisdiction. As an ambassador of good will his contacts must, of necessity, be 
of inestimable benefit to them and to us. We congratulate him on the honours 
bestowed on him. 

As in past reports on the addresses of our Grand Z's, this Committee has 
watched with pride the personal attention shown by them in presenting 25 and 
50-year jewels. Most Excellent Companion House is no exception to this prac- 
tice. We note his efforts in honouring our veterans of long service and member- 
ship and commend him most highly. We congratulate all our companions who 
have had bestowed upon them these jewels of honour. 

We note with pleasure and deep thankfulness his reference to increasing 
Divine Services throughout this Grand Jurisdiction and sincerely hope these 
services will greatly increase in the future. 

Our Grand Z. is greatly concerned with the number of resignations and 
suspensions of our Companions. We concur in his request for consideration. It 
may be that the time is now opportune for concerted effort to be made to over- 
come this weakening of our membership and lessening of our influence. 

We approve of the action of Most Excellent Companion House in appointing 
Grand Representatives of other Grand Chapters near this Grand Chapter and 
compliment him on his selection. 

We have read with more than unusual interest the three rulings deemed 
necessary by our Grand Z. and concur in them. We are surprised that from time 
to time rulings have to be repeated, but such seems to be the case. We hope 
the consolidation of all the rulings of our Past Grand Z's, which are now being 
approved by the Grand Council will obviate further repetition. The ruling that 
the District, at its Annual District Meeting, must decide on the amount of money 
required to defray the expenses of the Grand Superintendent should be emphas- 
ized. We recommend these rulings to this Grand Chapter for confirmation 

Your Committee agrees with the Grand Z's recommendation that Right 
Excellent Companion W. S. N. Enouy be elected to Honourary Membership in 
our Grand Executive and recommends that Grand Chapter concur. 

We are pleased to approve his report of the benevolent efforts of the Royal 
Arch Masons Welfare Committee of Toronto. 

The dispensations granted by Most Excellent Companion House appear to be 
in order and subject to the powers conferred on the Grand Z. are confirmed. 

The interest by our Grand Z. in the Masonic Library at Toronto is com- 
mendable and we recommend that Grand Chapter approve of the expenditure 
of 3100.00 to purchase new books. We would suggest careful selection of these 
books by a qualified committee. 

We anticipate with our Grand First Principal the Centennial Convocation 


oi our own (.rami Chapter and urge thai everj effort should be put forward 
to make this an outstanding event. 

From the perusal of this tactual address h\ our (.rami /.. we recognize the 
great contribution he has mack 1 . His words of appreciation are thoughtful and 
opportune and the keynote of his activities appears to be "serve by serving." 
With dee]) reverence to his Creator and with exes turned toward the future 
with courage and confidence he urges us on to greater efforts. It is our privilege 
to heed ami to follow. 
Fraternally submitted, 

R. Y. Conover, P.G.Z. 

|. A. M. Taylor, P.G.Z, 

(.. M. Pitts, P.G.Z. 

F. \\\ Dean. P.G.Z. 

A. G. Bradshaw. P.G.Z. 

J. M. Burden. P. (../., Chairman. 
It was moved 1>\ M. Ex. Corap. J. M. Burden, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 

F. W. Dean, and - 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's address be 
received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal, Officers, and Companions 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

We, your Committee on Warrants and Dispensations consisting of Rt. Ex. 
Comp. George A. Phillips, Chairman, A. E. Williamson, H. Stuart Merral, 
J. X. Davis. B. R. Davidson, and H. S. McElrath wish to report that no applica- 
tions for Warrants have been received during the past year, however we are 
making this report with a spirit of optimism as we can visualize that within 
the near future, probably a vear or two, there should be at least four or five 
applications for new Chapters, 

Two (2) in Northern portion of our Jurisdiction, 
One (1) or Two (2) just North of the City of Toronto, Ont., and 
One (1) at Westboro, a suburb of Ottawa, where there are at least 
three (3) Craft Lodge and NO CHAPTER. 
We trust that our hope of greater activity of instituting new Chapters, will 
be realized, as we have a great and noble heritage to give our Brethren of the 
CRAFT, whose increasing membership we should mark well to take advantage 
and give them further light in Masonic knowledge. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted, 

A. E. Williamson 
H. S. McElrath 
H. S. Merrall 

J. N. Davis 

B. R. Davidson 

Ceorge A. Phillips, Chairman. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 

G. A. Phillips, and- 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Warrants be received and 

Grand Chapter was called from Labour at 12.45 p.m. 
Grand Chapter was called on at 2.00 p.m. 

.Most Ex. Comp. Clarence J. L. House, obligated the Scrutineers 
as to faithfully performing the duties of this office. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It has been a pleasure and a most interesting experience to have had the 
privilege of reading and studying the reports of our Grand Superintendents with 
regard to the Condition of Capitular Masonry in the Districts which they re- 
present, and to learn of the high quality of degree work in our Chapters and 
the enthusiasm of those Companions who are regular in their attendance. We 
take this opportunity to congratulate the Officers past and present for earning 
this high praise. We sincerely hope that the Officers and Past Principals will 
continue to display this high standard of efficiency and also as the Junior Officers 
advance, they will give serious consideration to the administration of the 
Chapter, in order to promote attendance, education and the prompt payment of 
dues. It is also noted that a few Chapters are unfortunate in not having enough 
degree work to develop and demonstrate the degree of efficiency that we feel 
sure is theirs. 

We are indeed sorry to note that the average attendance is down from the 
previous year; 11 Districts show a slight decrease, 5 show a small increase, and 
2 no change. 

Your Committee strongly advises that all Chapters have an Attendance 
Committee that is prepared to work with double diligence to improve and 
strengthen the attendance of the Companions which in turn will give encourage- 
ment to the Officers and enlarge the companionship of all members. 

Most of our Districts held one or more Lodges and Chapters of Instruction 
at which each degree was discussed, exemplified or conferred, thereby contribut- 
ing to the uniformity of the degree work. We would like to call attention to 
the importance of instructing the candidates after each degree in the answers 
to the questions listed in our ritual; also fraternizing with our newly exalted 
Companions, until each of them feels that he is one of us, and thereby created 
in him an interest in Chapter activities and a realization that his regular 
attendance at all Convocatons is desirable. 

Many fraternal visits were made last year, some between two Chapters in 
the same District, others from one District to another in Ontario. This we feel 
is a step in the right direction to improve attendance, and should be encouraged 
wherever possible. 

We are also pleased to report the number of Districts in which Divine 
Services have been held, and the marked improvement in the attendance of 
the Companions. The importance of attendance at these services cannot be over- 

We were somewhat disappointed to note from the reports of our Grand 
Superintendents that the arrears of dues have not been reduced from the previous 
year. While some Chapters have no arrears, others have reduced the number of 
members but not the amount, and some show a general increase. From 17 
Districts reporting, the total amount of arrears for 1955 is $25,456.55, while in 
1954 from 18 Districts the amount was $24,840.85. We therefore respectfully 
suggest that before the end of each year, each Chapter should place the collection 
of these dues in the hands of a strong Committee to investigate the circum- 
stances of the delinquent Companions and offer such assistance as deemed 
necessary to prevent many suspensions, as well as adding to the finances of the 
Chapter. We also note that some Chapters collect only $2.00 or $3.00 for annual 
dues — an inadequate amount when the fee to Grand Chapter is $0.85. We trust 
that a marked improvement will be reported by the end of 1956 in the collection 
of dues. 

We note with pride that the Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee of 
the two Toronto Districts are continuing their good work in the transportation 
of underprivileged children and their mothers to the summer camp at Bronte, 
donating comforts to the veterans of Divadale Hospital and taking the mentally 
retarded children for drives in the country. We trust that this good work will 
continue. "For as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my children, 

\\\l Al (ONVOCAIIONS, TORONTO, 1956 71 

ft have clone ii unto Me." 

We congratulate our Scribes F./ra. Treasurers, and District Secretaries for 
the high praise expressed In out (.rand Superintendents of their excellent records 
and tor the hue eo-opeiatlou when anv Information was requested. There is no 
doubt that these Companions are of great value to Grand Chapter and the sub- 
ordinate bodies. Your Committee would also like to extend to R. Ex. Comp. 
Fred ). [ohnson a \er\ sincere "thank you" lor his co-operation and efficiency 
in securing the neccssan records from which to compile this report. 

I he status of our membership will be submitted by the Membership Com- 
mittee and the Grand Scribe F.'s report. 

Finally, a word of thanks and appreciation to our Grand First Principal, 
M. Ex. Companion John 1.. House, for his leadership, advice and understanding 
of the needs ol this Grand Jurisdiction. Under him we should go forward to 
greater progress in 1956 . 

To conclude and summarize, we quote from the reports of our Grand Super- 
intendents and the above the importance of stressing the following as needs 
of our Chapters: 

1. I he opening of Chapter meetings at the scheduled hour. 

2. Each Degree should be rehearsed shortly before being conferred. 

3. Coach all candidates throroughly after conferring each degree. 

1. Everj care should be taken in the appointment and promotion of the Officers. 
5. More attention should be given to fraternizing with the newly exalted 

Companions in the social hour. 
(i. A sincere effort should be made to reduce the arrears of dues. 

7. We still need higher membership and increased attendance in our Chapters. 

8. Inter-Chapter and inter-District visits pay dividends of increased interest in 
our Chapters and attendance at our meetings. 


of Members 











Dues- 1954 

Dues - 1955 






$ 2.113.70 

$ 2,233.95 



















































8- \ 
































































No Statistics 

$24,840.85 825,456.55 
All of which is fraternallv submitted. 
R. J. Axcell 
E. A. Martin 
G. A. C. Gunton 
E. H. Logan 
Ii. M. McXaughton 
P. C. Freeberg 
J. A. Mackie, Chairman. 
It was moved b\ M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
J. A. Mackie, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Conditions of 
Capitular Masonry be received and adopted. 



To the Most Excellent Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand Chapter 

Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Grand Z. and Companions: 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the Applications for Relief 
and we recommend that an appropriation be made in the Estimates for the 
coming Grand Chapter year for Grants to the following: 


Grant in Favour of 



Widow of G. McN. 

$ 100.00 


Widow of S. M. C. 



Widow of G. S. M. 



Widow of R. J. 



Daughter of J. S. 



Widow of J. B. 



Daughter of J. C. 



Widow of E. S. 



Companion B. F. 


$ 1,300.00 
We further recommend that an amount of $600.00 be provided for Interim 
Relief, if it be needed before the next Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter. 
Fraternally submitted, 

D. C. Patmore 
R. N. McElhinney 
F. W. Dean, Chairman. 
It was moved by Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Dean, and — 

Resolved — That the Report of the Committee on Benevolence be received 
and adopted. 


Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. M. A. 
Searle, and — 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Benevolence and 
are members of the Executive Committee of Grand Chapter for the respective 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, retires 1958. 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean, retires in 1959. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, retires in 1957. 


To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the Grand Chapter, 

Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The Committee on Finance submits herewith its report for the year ending 
February 29th, 1956. 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer, the Auditor and the Grand Scribe E., 
for the year ending Februay 29, 1956, have been reviewed by the members of 
this Committee and these reports are now being submitted to this Grand body 
for consideration. 

We find that these reports fully and accurately set out in detail all trans- 
actions pertaining to the financial position of this Grand Chapter for the fiscal 
year. All items of receipts and disbursements in respect to the General Fund, 
the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund, the Centennial Fund, the Grand 
Chapter Life Membership Fund, and the Chapters' Life Membership Fund are 
properly detailed, and these reports contain complete schedules of the securities 
in which these funds are now invested. 

Exhibit "A" is a balance sheet showing all assets and all liabilities of Grand 
Chapter. It includes the funds which are entrusted to and over which Grand 
Chapter has any control. 

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The amount owing l>\ constituent Chapters shows an increase From $459.00 
in 1955 to (530.00 in 1956, an increase of 15 per cent. While a portion of this 
increase is due to one particular Chapter No. 154, which has been inactive, we 

must again urge constituent Chapters make their remittances more promptly. 

Vmong the liabilities you will note thai there is an unexpended reserve of 
$1,495.13. 1 his is made up ol $269.68 set up lor accounts payable for which bills 
have yet to be received, and $1,225.45, an appropriation set aside for Masonic 
education. Notwithstanding this reserve a further appropriation of $125.00 is 
being included in the estimates for education for the coming- year. 

It will be noted that a detailed report from our Auditor has shown the 
excels interest which had been credited to the Life Membership Fund of Grand 
Chapter through allowing the amount owing from the bile Membership Fund 
to the General Fund to remain outstanding lor several years, and in the analysis 
of the General Reserve appearing in Exhibit "A" you will note that this excess 
interest has been transferred to the General Fund and credited to the General 
Reserve. In order for the Life Membership Fund to provide dues at SO. 85 and 
be able to meet its actuarial requirements it was necessary to transfer to that 
Fund from the General Reserve an amount of $3,298.06. 

The details of the receipts and expenditures of the Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund, the Fife Membership Fund, the Centennial Fund and the 
Chapters' Fife Membership Fund are set out in Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4. You will 
note that the income account of the Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund has 
increased by unspent accrued interest to the extent of $651.83. The Life Member- 
ship Fund has been put in a position to meet its actuarial requirements as 
referred to above. To put the Centennial Fund in a better position to meet 
the requirements for the Centennial Year we are recommending that $2,000.00 
be budgeted for the Fund in 1956 as indicated in the estimates below. 

The Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Account marked Exhibit "B" 
indicates that our revenue was $3,156.19 higher than budgeted and was $4,437.51 
higher than last year. Our expenditures were $3,468.23 less than budgeted, 
mainly due to prorating the liability Insurance over three years. The year's 
operations resulted in a net revenue of $4,107.42. 

Our securities have been examined and certified by our Auditor. They are 
held in the place and custody authorized by Grand Chapter. The par value of 
securities covering all funds amounts to $166,700.00. 

The office assistant to our Grand Scribe E. continues to give good and faith- 
ful service, and. having in mind prevailing secretarial salaries and adequate 
compensation, this Committee recommends that her salary be increased from 
S2, 340.00 to $2,400.00 per year. 

The Printing Committee has been successful again in reducing the cost of 
printing the Proceedings by SI 00.00. However, an increase is anticipated for 
19.>:> from $1,600.00 to $1,750.00. Our general printing was $66.44 over budget 
and this Committee is recommending our budget for 1956 be increased from 
$600.00 to S800.00 as shown in the estimates below. 

Grand Convocation expenses were within budget and we are recommending 
the same estimate for next year at S3,200.00 as indicated in the following 

While the office furniture purchased during the year at $378.70 has greatly 
facilitated and improved Grand Chapter office conditions, there is still need to 
provide some additional equipment, including a calculating machine, and this 
Committee recommends the expenditure of $450.00 for this purpose as shown in 
the estimates. 

for the Fiscal Year — Ending February 28, 1957 

Registration Fees S 2,900.00 

Dues per Capita 16,400.00 

Life Membership Dues 2,800.00 

Dispensations 150.00 

Interest on Investment and Funds on Deposit 2,800.00 




Grand Scribe E. Compensation $ 4,200.00 

Secretarial 2,400.00 

Phone, Postage and Miscellaneous 700.00 

Rent 1,380.00 

Foreign Correspondence 300.00 

Printing Proceedings $ 1,750.00 

General 800.00 

Travelling. Grand Z 1,500.00 

General 700.00 




Audit Fee 400.00 

Expenses of Convocation $ 3,200.00 

Executive Committee 1,700.00 

Education 125.00 

5,025.00 $ 5,025.00 

Jewels and Engraving 1,000.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 225.00 

Centennial Fund 2,000.00 

Grant to Canadian Masonic Research Association 50.00 

Chapters' Life Membership Fund 10.00 

Office Furniture and Equipment 450.00 

Regalia for Grand Z 300.00 

Constituent ChajDters and Grand Chapter Liability Insurance 1,800.00 

Total $24,990.00 

Estimated Net Surplus 60.00 

All of this is fraternally and respectfully submitted on behalf of the 

J. E. Girven, 

Chairman Finance Committee 
It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
M. A. Searle, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Finance be received and 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Exa lit >// Sir and Companions: 

It is fitting that we pause, as now. in the business of our Convocation of 
(.rand Chapter to ]>a\ a tribute of respeel and affection to our Faternal Dead. 
Since our laM Annual Convocation main of our Companions have passed 
through the veils of death and have been exalted in the celestial Grand Chapter. 
I'he\ have travelled into that country from whose bourne none return, there to 
peceive the rewards of a well-spent life. Sonic perchance were well known to most 
ot us — main were known to onlv a tew of us. Some filled high office in this 
or another (.rami Jurisdiction, others served in their own Constituent Chapters, 
faithfulh and well. Main had reached an age beyond the allotted three score 
Mars and ten while a few were summoned to that subluminary abode "while yet 
is full day." 

We miss them, and their absence creates in many of us a void that cannot 
be filled. 1 he\ have left us richer in the companionship they shared with us. 
We remember them today for the contributions they left us of friendliness, 
kindness and understanding, a noble heritage of blessed memories. We have 
been set a high example by their attainments and by the excellence of their 
traftmanship. Main a rough ashlar has been brought to true form and fine 
finish through their unremitting toil, sacrificial endeavour and unswerving 
fidelity. Their consistant charity and fraternal virtue has set us a collective 
example we would do well to emulate. Let us then tread the pathways hallowed 
b\ those who have lived respected and died regretted, for as we strive to follow^ 
in their steps we acknowledge the high standards they upheld and pay a 
deserved tribute to departed merit. 

.Masonic teaching embraces a philosophy of life as well as of death. No 
man may become a member of our great institution unless he believes in the 
Brotherhood of Man, the Fatherhood of God and Life Everlasting. 

With our belief and faith rooted in these principles we know that death 
does not mean the end of life, but rather the beginning of another phase, a 
passing through, so to speak, to that larger and further life to which we all 
aspire when our sojourn here is completed. Masonry teaches that man the 
mortal being, is immortal too. The realization of this immortality, the know- 
ledge we will meet our dear ones again, softens our grief when we are called 
upon to sav goodbye to those we have loved and lost a while. Many of our 
departed Companions were of humble estate, judged by worldly standard, but 
God looks not on rank and fortune but into the heart. "In my Father's house 
are many mansions if it were not so I would have told you." In the equality of 
death is also the equality of an honoured place in the immortal mansions 
beyond the sunset and the night. 

At his first step the apprentice is enjoined to so live that he may hereafter 
stand be'ore the great architect of the universe "unstained by vice and un- 
spotted by sin." Capitular Masonry endeavours to so instruct him that the 
spiritual temple he erects shall have unfailing foundations and never crumbling 
fabric that it mav withstand the decay of the ages. Thus we are constantly en- 
couraged to build our lives in consonance with the exacting injunction of the 
Carpenter of Nazareth: "Be ye perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect." 
We trust the) whom we honor today, and we who must follow them, shall merit 
the accolade "Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of 
the Lord." 

"It is not into the darkness we pass, for God is light. 
It is not into loneliness, for the Great Companion is our guide. 
It is not to an unknown country we go, for God is there." 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted: 


RT. EX. COMPS. REV. G. H. THOMAS, Grand Chaplain 
L. B. GILLESPIE, Chairman 

It was moved by Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, .seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
L. B. Gillespie, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 


Since our last Annual Convocation our Grand Jurisdiction has lost 475 
members by death including the following 24 of Grand Chapter Rank. 


1 R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Gimblett 

3 R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood 

6 V. Ex. Comp. J. A. Spittle 

7 R. Ex. Comp. E. T. Cherry 
20 R. Ex. Comp. W. Joyce 

20 V. Ex. Comp. G. W. Broomfield 

22 V. Ex. Comp. A. G. Ball 

30 R. Ex. Comp. S. D. Croft 

31 V. Ex. Comp. J. Hepburn 

32 R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Porteous 
32 R. Ex. Comp. James Ritchie 
44 R. Ex. Comp. E. J. Walters 


44 R. Ex. Comp. M. R. Reid 

44 R. Ex. Comp. E. J. Corkill 

78 R. Ex. Comp. R. G. Nunn 

94 R. Ex. Comp. R. C. Nugent 

95 R. Ex. Comp. W. McDonald 
129 V. Ex. Comp. W. S. Bennett 
133 V. Ex. Comp. J. Coombs 
145 V. Ex. Comp. W. R. Ledger 

145 R. Ex. Comp. F. V. Higginbottom 
195 V. Ex. Comp. T. H. Morehead 
223 R. Ex. Comp. J. R. Spence 
16 & 222 R. Ex. Comp. A. W. Grant 

To our Sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada, The British Com- 
monwealth of Nations, and the United States of America we extend sincere 
sympathy for the loss of their distinguished Companions. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta— 

M. Ex. Comp. Thomas J. Cumberland, G.Z. 1946-47 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan— 

M. Ex. Comp. Judge Hummel M. P. de Rocke, G.Z. 1931 
M. Ex. Comp. Aimer R. Orme, G.Z. 1932 
M. Ex. Comp. Frederick E. Doull, G.Z. 1936 
M. Ex. Comp. Judge Walter L. Clink, G.Z. 1941 
M. Ex. Comp. John F. Lunney, G.Z. 1950 

The Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria, Australia— 
M. Ex. Comp. Robert P. Dick, G.Z. 1938-40 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter Kemp, G.Z. 1947-49 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Alabama— 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn R. Hillyer, G.H.P. 1940-41 
M. Ex. Comp. Newman S. Cryer, G.H.P. 1945 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Arizona— 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick P. Cruice, G.H.P. 1919— Grand Lecturer 


Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Delaware— 
M Ex. Comp. W. Frank Sharp, G.H.P. 1919 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Idaho— 
M. Ex, Comp. Carl W. Swager, G.H.P. 1953-54 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois— 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred I. Mills, G.H.P. 1941-42 
M. Ex. Comp. Walter W. Taylor, G.H.P. 1949-50 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Indiana— 
M. Ex. Comp. Edward B. Raub, G.H.P. 1921 

Grand Chapter of Kentucky, Royal Arch Masons— 
M. Ex. Comp. Carl W. Bridges, G.H.P. 1948-49 

Grand Chapter of Maine, Royal Arch Masons— 

M. Ex. Comp. Benjamin L. Hadley, G.H.P. 1933 
M. Ex. Comp. John C. Arnold, G.H.P. 1935-36 

Grand Chapter of Mississippi, Royal Arch Masons 
M. Ex. Comp. William A. Johns, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Montana— 

M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Robert J. Hathaway, G.H.P. 1916-17 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nevada— 

M. Ex. Comp. Henry C. Schmidt, G.H.P. 1932-33 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Mexico— 
M. Ex. Comp. Thomas J. Hall, G.H.P. 1936 

Grand Chapter of the State of New York, Royal Arch Masons— 
M. Ex. Comp. Lewis L. Palmiter, G.H.P. 1945 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of North Dakota— 
M. Ex. Comp. John A. Graham, G.H.P. 1924-25 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Oregon— 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence R. Wheeler, G.H.P. 1938-39 
M. Ex. Comp. Horace E. Getz, G.H.P. 1948-49 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of South Dakota— 
M. Ex. Comp. Joseph K. Stanton, G.H.P. 1924 
M. Ex. Comp. Robert S. Hart, G.H.P. 1931-32 
M. Ex. Comp. Raymond S. Beauvais, G.H.P. 1946 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas— 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles F. Smith, G.H.P. 1908-09 
M. Ex. E. F. James, G.H.P. 1943-44 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of West Virginia— 
M. Ex. Comp. Allen T. Buchanan, G.FI.P. 1943-44 

DEATHS 1955 

1-C. A. Howard, W. H. Gimblatt, W. C. Langwith, A. Pauloff, O. C. Simpsons, 
W. A. Peters, C. V. Atkins, L. F. Stephens, F. W. Berry, W. H. Mallory, S. W. 
Graves, G. A. Graves, F. R. Y. Baldwin, W. J. Hunter, F. F. Dennison, D. G. 
Scott. 2-F. A. Staunton, J. S. Marshall, J. A. Kendall, J. W. Queree. 3-0. 
Elwood, J. H. Cook, J. Crinklaw, Jr., A. H. Parsons, G. H. Northcott, W. W. 
Beck, J. Pearson, H. L. Chick, W. H. Hadfield. 4-J. A. Mclntyre, R. Molyneaux, 


G. A. Ross, C. B. Shuttleworth, C. R. Curry, J. Rutherford, H. L. Glendenning, 
W. Beauchamp, G. A. Learn, A. Webster, H. Eversfield, J. H. Wilkinson. 5— T. 
Morgan, J. M. Rice, J. Bedley, R. Thompson, J. Willis, F. G. Benbow, A. S. 
Duncan, J. B. Smith. 6-B. G. Brown, E. Denber, J. E. Grady, G. W. Sutcliffe, 
L. F. Stephens. 7— J. Exley, C. E. Outwater, H. D. Bateman, J. M. Doig, E. T. 
Cherry. 8-R. Cargen, G. T. Dale, E. J. Noonan, J. E. McTaggart, L. F. 
Stephens, J. C. S. Varcoe, M. C. Sprague. 15-A. S. Macklin, W. A. Hall, C. A. 
Saylor, J. H. Modeland. 16-A. W. Grant, D. G. Barker, W. S. Holland, A. N. 
Beer, J. F. Roy, E. M. Ramsay. 18— S. Loveys, W. W. Murray, S. McMaster. 
19-P. Moor, A. L. Fisk, H. Smith, G. Matthews, C. Roberts, W. H. Lewis, A. A. 
Burtch. 20-E. B. Matthews, G. W. Broomfield, J. H. Runcheg, H. Corke, J. R. 
Varey, A. C. McLean, R. J. Edgecombe, C. F. Moss, W. L. Chambers, W. Joyce. 
22-A. G. Ball, G. H. Huton, W. M. Snyder, J. Gill, M. F. Earle, E. A. Irwin. 
23— J. Gagnon, I. D. Copley. 24-W. Perry, P. W. Weir, H. G. Evans. 26-W. C. 
Bull. 27— J. G. Fisher, A. G. Jarman, C. J. Sendell, J. R. H. Graham, A. 
Mcintosh, J. W. Shipley, G. Hunter, C. W. Maitland, C. G. K. Nourse. 28- 
G. ( W. Garver, C. R. Cornell, P. G. Purves, C. E. Schofield, E. A. Lovell, C. A. 
Simmes. 30-J. J. McEwan, A. L. Cole, S. D. Croft. 31-F. V. Hyatt, J. D. 
Hepburn, A. E. Grindrod, J. E. A. Wright, H. M. Love, W. H. Vanchap. 32- 
J. Ritchie, J. W. Porteous, S. McCutcheon, R. G. Ghiselin, F. W. Payne, P. G. 
Dietrich, E. F. Westbrook. 34— R. H. Bowman, E. Ogden, H. J. Twiss, T. D. 
Redfern, G. B. McLean, T. Eaton, J. W. Tordiff, A. H. Johnston. 35— J. Forgie. 
36-H. W.Watkins, V. Hamilton, S. Curtis, E. C. McKee, J. E. Keyes. 37-W. F. 
Clemesha, C. P. Brimicombe, C. O. P. Green, S. N. Haskill. 40-C. W. Dempsey, 
A. W. Stephenson, H. R. Tolton. 44-E. J. Corkill, M. R. Reid, E. J. Walters, 
H. T. Laidley. 41-H. I. Piper. 46-J. Tanton, T. Driver. 48-E. K. Smith, A. 
Poulos. 54-J. Spry, J. Gibb, A. S. Cline, J. H. Smith, E. Anderson, J. Bristow, 
A. Stewart, H. Graham, A. Robinson, R. A. Cook, F. R. Bissett. 55— A. N. Irvine. 
56-W. H. Murphy, W. P. Telford. 59-H. F. Vandusen, W. N. McLean, J. 
Borthwick, C. M. Vance, F. L. Booth, A. G. Davy, J. M. Johnston. 61— S. Bradley, 
J. R. Reid, E. Lowry, A. J. McLean, W. G. Kelly. 62-C. V. Lightfoot. 63- 
G. W. Ottman. 65-J. W. Rogers, J. D. McWilliams, M. H. V. Cameron, J. E. 
Singer, S. S. McComb. 66-J. R. Forbes, G. M. Drysdale. 67-H. H. Thompson, 
N. McLaughlin. 68-C. I. Richardson. 69-A. F. Hawke, W. W. Johnson. 71- 
W. Moore, H. Warden, C. H. Brush. 74-A. W. Bixel. 75-R. W. Philip, G. H. 
Dawson. 76-H. J. Hammond, W. Naylor. 77— J. E. Collict, C. P. Bell, H. 
Petts, E. G. Buscombe, W. A. Dunn, S. C. Moore. 78-R. G. Nunn. 79-F. A. 
Gibbons, R. S. Overend, J. G. Lee. 80-L. G. Pray, G. E. Brown, W. Smith, G. G. 
Dingman, E. J. Trojand, J. W. Hall, G. McLaughlin, A. E. Wallace. 81-W. J. 
Wakeling, M. J. Barendrest, J. Mechas. 82— A. J. McEachren, G. F. Taylor, F. R. 
Hobson, G. Evans. 84-W. Gillespie. 88-S. W. Clapp. 90-G. F. Doan, S. P. 
Olson, W. Mullin, L. R. Holland, R. I. Bogart, E. Idam, F. W. Woodman. 91- 
J. Stewart, M. A. Wright, J. H. Terry. 94-R. C. Nugent, S. P. Beall, H. A. 
Heels, J. Moody, C. R. Corneil. 95-E. T. Scott, J. A. McDonald, C. J. Meaden, 
J. D. Fox, W. McDonald, D. G. Shutt, J. R. Gill. 102-1. Davis, L. Brown, A. B. 
Cohen, S. G. Lay, S. G. Best, R. Gourlay, N. F. Patterson, C. T. Adams, A. 
Sinclair, H. F. Hesson, J. R. H. Beaton, H. Howard. 103-B. Rollins, D. C. 
Romain, W. J. Legge. 104— A. D. Carmichael. 110— A. C. Twiddy, E. Simpson, 
A. E. Harwood, A. M. Smale, S. Leach. 112-C. F. Brydges, F. A. Nash. 113— J. 
A. McMillan, E. H. Wallace, E. Roberts, A. N. McKinnon, E. H. G. Corbett, 
G. B. Chatterton, N. P. Moore, W. Drake. 115-G. F. Boughner. 116— H. M. 
Wylie, E. G. Lunn, C. B. Palmer. 117-1. A. Shantz, J. Carse, O. E. Schneider, F. C. 
Hewitt, G. W. Gordon, H. Vogel. 119-R. Healey. 129-W. S. Bennett, G. 
Sugner. 130— T. K. Pierce. 133— J. Hart, J. M. Coombs, W. G. Britton, A. J. 
Minor. 135— J. H. Blanchard. 138-L. C. McClure, F. E. Quennell, J. T. Mc- 
Lean, R. W. E. Rumsey, G. McK. Barton, A. W. Stevens, J. Laing, W. A. 
Stewart, R. Patterson, J. Morgan, J. S. Brown, W. J. T. Sproat, E. G. Bowles, 
J. C. Mann, A. W. W. Miller, W. O. MacLean, J. S. Stevenson, R. S. Tucker, 
C. H. Yockum, C. E. Peirce, P. R. Dickson, T. J. Parsons. 140-A. Cooper, P. 
Dargavel, F. L. Adams, G. Ward, D. MacKay. 143-D. D. Mclntyre. 145-H. M. 
Tedman, W. R. Ledger, O. S. McNichol, J. E. Moir, H. G. McDermid, J. W. 
Stokes, L. F. Stephens, W. W. Duncan, A. M. Popham, W. H. Gates, J. Poole, 


1 . \l. Wedlock. E. A. Switzer, F. V. Higfcinbottom. 146— J. H. Blackmore. 147— 
1'. E. Todd, W. J. Davidson. 150 \. Flowers, T. K. Inch, T. A. Terry. 152— 
E. Bliss. S. |. Morrell. L53-H. R. McPhail. 161-G. W. Chrysler. 163— H. 
( kiuon. ( . H. Cope. 164-F. G. Balsdon. 167— F. C. Macdonald, R. 1). Carty, 
(;. Patterson, (.. E. Tanner, |. Olmstead, R. Mitchell. L68— J, s. Watson, H. 
Weese, C. \. Fairman, F. Osborn, W. S. Wiggin, J. W . Potts. F. F. Long. 175— 
1 . A. D. Stephensjr., J. McKay. L84-W. R. Stalkhouse. L85-C. Hudson. J. R. 
Richmond. 195— W. 1". Holwell, I". H. Moorchcad. |. A. McLaughlin, H. Harris, 
J. T. Andrews. J. M. Johnson. J. M. Watson. 203-E. Cawood, R. E. Dye, W. J. 
ken. D. W. Mcleod. W. MacGirr. 205-G. B. Edward. 210-W. J. Campbell, 
1 \ Allison. H. |. Walker. H. G. Laidlaw. 214— S. Henderson.' 215-F. W. 
I tton. 217— J. E. Bedwell, E. A. Woodland, A. S. Maltbv. 218-W'. H. Hartley. 
|19— L. F. Stephens. 220— J. E. E. Streight, R. R. Marshall. 221-W. R. Alder, 
R. Burnett. 222-W. J. Campbell, A. W. Grant, J. A. Marshall, D. Kemp, T. N. 
Jukson. R. M. Dunn. A. W. Macdonald, D. J. McLennan, J. P. Kenney, M. M. 
Mac Odium. F. G. Hall, J. G. Dale. 223— J. R. Spence, E. J. Varrett. 224-R. J. 
Thomas, \. W. W ilson. 226-R. J. Anderson. 227-H. A. Lennox, A. C. Wilkins. 
|51-E. (.. Attwood, H. Eversfield, R. W. Davies, C. Duckworth, A. J. Hoye. 
|S2— G. E. Davenport, W. C. Johnson. 233— J. Smith. 234-A. W. Gilmer. 235- 
J. B. AValker. 230-G. Moffat. C. S. Springer. 238-J. B. Hay, O. Ellwood. 240- 
IV. A. Lounsbury. 241— A. E. Salisbury, G. O. Thorne, L. F. Stephens, J. W. 
Mackenzie. 242- J. Crinklaw. 246-T. W'otherspoon, S. McKav, R. E. Dean, 
]. Fitzpatrick. 247-G. T. Summers. 249-0. F. Robson. 250-A. Pittman, J. F. 
lixler. 251-H. Garshon, S. Hawkins, J. Murray. 252-F. M. Bishop, L. N. 
Stubbs. 253-T. G. Caley. 254-E. W'heatley, T. L. Challoner. 




Most Ex. Comp. Llewellyn Frederick Stephens, Q.C. 

Hamilton, Ontario 

Grand Z. - 1939-1940 

Born January 8, 1874 

Died March 12, 1955 


Most Excellent Companion Grand First Principal, Officers and Companions: 

U directed by you, your Special Committee presents the following 



A \car ago, our Grand Chapter in particular, and the entire family of 
llasonry, suffered a grievous loss in the passing of our highly esteemed and 
great 1\ beloved Most Excellent Companion Llewellyn Frederick Stephens, Q.C, 
who had served as our Grand / Cor the years 1939-1940 and also filled out the 
unexpired term of M. Ex. Comp. John Empey in 1942. He graced the office and 
his administrative ability, genial and kindly disposition, keen insight and warm 
personality, which endeared him to all who knew him, have left an indelible 
impression, not only in the minds and hearts of his sorrowing Companions, but 
also upon the records of our Grand Chapter, which will be an inspiration to his 
successors for many years to come. 

He was born at Owen Sound, January 8, 1874, received his Public School 
education at Teeswater and High School education at Harriston. In 1895, he 
graduated from University College, Toronto, with the Bachelor of Arts Degree, 
and from Osgoode Hall in 1898, when he was called to the Bar. In 1899, he com- 
menced the Practice of Law in Hamilton. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel 
in 1929. He was elected to the Senate of the University of Toronto in 1932. 

He was a resident of Hamilton from 1899 and established his own law firm 
there in 1913. 

He was one of the leading citizens of Hamilton and was particularly 
active in the Methodist Church, being Treasurer of the Missionary and Main- 
tenance Fund of Centenary United Church for almost 30 years. He was Solicitor 
for the Hamilton Automobile Club from its inception in 1910. 

His Masonic career began in 1895 when he was Initiated, Passed and Raised 
in Teeswater Lodge A.F.&A.M. No. 276 G.R.C. Teeswater, subsequently affilia- 
ting with the Lodge of Strict Observance A.F.&A.M. No. 27 G.R.C. in Hamilton 
in 1899. He was elected their Worshipful Master in 1910. 

He was exalted to the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal Arch in St. 
John's Chapter No. 6, Hamilton, in 1909. He was a Charter Member of the 
Hamilton Chapter No. 175, R.A.M., Hamilton, and their Excellent First Prin- 
cipal Z in 1919. 

Grand Chapter recognized him in 1925, by appointing him Grand Director 
of Ceremonies. Hamilton District No. 5, R.A.M., elected him as their Grand 
Superintendent in 1934. In 1937 and 1938, he was elected Grand Second Prin- 
cipal H and in April 1939 was chosen as Grand First Principal Z. He was the 
Grand Representative of our Grand Chapter near the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of Pennsylvania. 

In the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, he was a member of Murton 
Lodge of Perfection, the Hamilton Sovereign Chapter of Rose Croix, which he 
served as Most Wise Sovereign in 1920-1922, and of Moore Sovereign Consistory, 
which he served as Commander-in-Chief in 1931-1933. He received his 33rd 
Degree October 7, 1925. 

He was also a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, since 1927; of the 
Masonic and Military Order of Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine, 
Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and St. John the Evangelist, and of Sir Godfrey 
E. Bouillion Perceptory, Knights Templar. 

Most Excellent Companion Stephens was a brilliant orator and possessed a 
seemingly inexhaustible fund of knowledge of Masonic history and philosophy, 
in which he excelled as an authority and lecturer. 

He was a much loved and respected husband and father and enjoyed a 
happy home life with his Wife, three Sons and two Daughters. He was a good 
man, an excellent Mason, an earnest citizen, an ardent Church worker, serving 
his fellow men gladly. His cheery smile and hearty handclasp will be missed 


by his many friends. Thus we see a beautiful, busy life of service vanish beyond 
the horizon. Sacred will be his memory to those of us who have known and 
been associated with him. Those who have been denied this privilege will be 
blessed because he lived and laboured among us. Truly this man's life has 
not been lived in vain and because of him the world will be a better place in 
which to live. The highest tribute we can pay to his memory is to emulate 
his good works. 

To the Promised Land our friend has gone, 

To the land of perfect rest; 

His work is done and the setting sun 

Reminds us that "He knows best". 

And now he has left this earthly strand 
For the home beyond the sea, 
Though he is gone, he will still live on 
Sweet in our memory. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

C. M. PITTS, P.G.Z. 
FRED W. DEAN, P.G.Z., Chairman 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Zerubbabel, Officers and Members of the 

(.Kind Chapter oj Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions'. 

The Committee on Awards for the Distinguished Service Medal beg leave 
u> upon thai there were no applications for this award, in consequence there is 
nothing to report. 

Fraternally submitted. 

R. V. CONOVER, P.G.Z., Chairman 

It was moved bv M. Ex. Comp. J. \. M. Taylor, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
R. V. Conover, and — 

Resolved — Thai the Report on Award for the Distinguished Service Medal 
be received. 


The following Companions comprise the Committee on Awards for the 
Distinguished Service Medal, for Grand Chapter for their respective terms: — 

M. EX. COMP. R. V. CONOVER, 1959, Chairman 
M. EX. COMP. J. M. BURDEN, 1958 
ML EX. COMP. C. M. PITTS, 1957 


Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m., to permit the Delegates 
to select their Grand Superintendents and elect the Officers of Grand Chapter 
for the ensuing year and the next place of meeting. 


Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 


V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, Chairman, and V. Ex. Comp. James T. 
Gilchrist, Vice-Chairman, presented the results of the Elections as follows: 

M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House, Toronto, Ontario Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham, Toronto, Ontario Grand H. 

Tx. Comp. Rev. John N. H. Norton Grand Chaplain 

M. Tx. Comp. Fred W. Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

Ex. Comp. Gerald Bell Grand Scribe N. 

Tx. Comp. Frank Pithie Grand Principal Sojourner 

Ex. Comp. John W. Christon Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith 
R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven 
R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett 
R. Ex. Comp. Ben S. Scott 


The nominations for Grand Superintendents were submitted 
to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased to approve, 
and the following selections were confirmed: — 


St Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Bradley Porter, 2433 Windermere Rd., Windsor, Ont. 
London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Frederick George Sheppard, c/o Beck Memorial San, Byron, Ont. 


Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. William Leonard Young, R. R. No. 3, Tillsonburg, Ont. 
Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Leonard Richard Hertel, Box 316, Hespeler, Ont. 
Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Samuel Martin, 12 Robinson Ave., Brantford, Ont. 
Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Fraser Earl Jeffrey Hay, M.D., Victoria St., Listowel, Ont. 
Niagara District No. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Axel Larson, 203 Russell Ave., St. Catherines, Ont. 
Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. Cecil Ward Martin, 8 Centre Street, Thornhill, Ont. 
Toronto West District No. 8 A 

R. Ex. Comp. Eldridge K. Hogaboom, 450 Gladstone Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. John McFadyen, 174 St. Paul St., Collingwood, Ont. 
Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry George Freeman, 96 King St. W., Bowmanville, Ont. 
Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Vernon Roy, Box 57, Napanee, Ont. 
St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Harold Hall, 157 Alfred St., Kingston, Ont. 
Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. William Howard Edwards, Box 497, Carleton Place, Ont. 
Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander Barclay, 226 - 2nd St. North, Kenora, Ont. 
New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. James Fanley Boucher, Box 389, Espanola, Ont. 
Temiskaming District No. 16 

R. Ex. Comp. Austin Francis McDowell, 343 Patricia Blvd., Timmins, Ont. 
Yukon Territory District No. 17 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon A. Claude Gunton, Whitehorse, Y.T 

The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subsequently addressed 
and given the necessary instructions as to the duties pertaining to their office. 


The Ninety-Ninth Annual Convocation will be held in the City of Toronto, 
Ontario, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 24th and 25th, 1957, commencing 
at TEN o'clock in the forenoon, as per Section 20 of the Constitution. 

The Grand Z. thanked V. Ex. Comp. Newdick and his Committee for their, 
assistance in the Election of Grand Chapter Officers for the 1956-57 period. 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

During the last year consideration was given to the material prepared for 
and the method of presenting instructions to the Grand Superintendents. It was 
not possible to prepare amended instructions for approval by your Committee, 
ibut it was felt that to avoid duplications of instructions, that the Chairman of 
the Committee should be present at all Meetings when information was given 
to the newly elected Grand Superintendents. 

Your Committee is of the opinion that during the Convocation of the next 
Grand Chapter, a panel discussion, practical demonstration or other effort be 
made to convey to the Delegates at Grand Chapter, information approved by the 
Committee which would be beneficial to the Membership at large. Your Com- 
mittee on Education and Instruction will be consulted before any material is 

The Manual of Instruction, as approved by last years' Committee was printed 
and made available for distribution. 

\\\l \! CONVCK \ I IONS. TORONTO. 1956 85 

Your Committee feel thai Royal Arch Masonry would be enhanced by 

additional books in the Grand Chapter Library, and suggest that ever) attempt 
be made to make available to the Membership any publication approved by this 
Committee and subject to the budget, would be educational and instructive. 
All of which is fraternalh submitted. 

Most Ex. Comp. John M. Burden 
Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover 
Most Ex. Comp. Fred Dean 
Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts 
Most Ex. Comp. A. G, N. Bradshaw 
Rt. Ex. Comp. M. S. Cooderham 
Rt. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Wm. Enouy 

John A. M. Taylor. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
M. A. Searle. and — 

Resolved — That the Report on Education and Instruction be received and 


To the Most Excellent Grand First Principal and Officers and Members of 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Ex. Sir & Companions: 

In submitting the following report on behalf of the Membership Committee 
max we first express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the privilege that 
has been ours in serving Grand Chapter in this capacity during the past year. 
While the final figures as outlined in the statistical report are not outstanding, 
it is encouraging to report that our Order has enjoyed once again a net increase 
in its membership. 

Further to this statistical report, your committee is desirous of outlining 
the program it instituted along with observations which it finds from actual 
experience have been well received by a number of ruling First Principals and 
should bear fruit in the coming year. 


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Your committee desires at this time to express its appreciation and gratitude 
to those Chapters who so actively concentrated on obtaining new members, 
which resulted in 952 admission for the year. 


While the admission figure in itself is very gratifying, it is alarming to find 
that over the past five years we have experienced a loss by deaths alone of 
practically 50 per cent of each year's admissions. It must be fully appreciated 
that in an Order such as ours^having so many valued members falling into the 


senior age category, this loss will always be with us and should be taken as a 
forceful challenge to not only maintain but strengthen our membership. 


We respectfully submit the following suggestions as a means of counteracting 
the ever increasing problem of the number of Companions we are losing by 
demits and suspensions. It is the unanimous opinion of your committee that 
every Excellent First Principal should be fully acquainted with the serious effect 
that this problem has not only on his own Chapter, but the general effect on 
total memberhsip. It is therefore suggested that it would be well for every 
Chapter to have a standing committee comprising of the Council, the Scribe E., 
and all Past Principals of the Chapter. The responsibility of this committee 
would be to form a sub-committee to investigate personally every request for 
a demit of a Companion being subject to suspension. It is felt that if this measure 
was taken and every effort made to obtain the reason for the action of a suspen- 
sion or demit, that in many instances valuable information would be found as 
to how the respective Chapter might improve condition in general and retain 
the member in question and thus help aleviate the problem. In the realm of 
granting suspensions we must constantly be reminded that in many instances 
there is an opportunity for the Chapter to put into practise in a tangible manner 
the principle of brotherly love; (by arranging to grant a Companion, who in 
their opinion is worthy of the consideration, a clear due card and pay the 
required per capita fee to Grand Chapter). Surely this action of brotherly love 
could not but help strengthen the bond of friendship and add greatly to the 
harmony and well being of the respective Chapters. 


The program your committee instituted for the recruiting of new members 
while it was drawn to the attention of many local Chapters during the fall of 
1955, it was not until February and March of this year when the names and 
addresses of all the ruling Excellent First Principals of the various Chapters 
were compiled that it was possible for the program to function 100 per cent 
and a letter along the following lines was mailed to every Excellent First 

Dear Sir & Ex. Companion: 

On behalf of the membership committee of Grand Chapter, may 
we first take this opportunity of wishing you and your officers every 
success in the coming year. 

No doubt, like so many Excellent First Principals, it is your 
ambition and desire that your year be most successful and one of great 
harmony and accomplishment. In this regard we are writing every 
Excellent First Principal on behalf of the membership committee of 
Grand Chapter and offer the following suggestion trusting it meets with 
your approval and that we may have your usual co-operation. 

It is the suggestion of the membership committee of Grand Chapter 
that it might be well if each Chapter set up a membership committee 
headed by a very active Companion and charge this committee with the 
responsibility of obtaining a ten per cent increase of new members for 
the Chapter during the year 1956. 

It is also recommended that two or three times during the year 
it would be well for the Excellent First Principal to congratulate their 
membership committee in open Chapter on obtaining whatever per- 
centage of their quota they may have attained at that particular time. 
In order that our membership committee may be able to keep 
abreast of the progress of the various Chapters, we are pleased to list 
the names and addresses of the personnel of our committee. We would 
be most happy if you would let us know from time to time the progress 
your Chapter is making. Also at your earliest convenience we would 
appreciate receiving the name and address of your chairman so that 
we may in turn, during 1956, offer our congratulations and heartfelt 
thanks for their efforts. 

Sincerely and fraternally yours, 


it is most gratifying and encouraging to your committee to report that 
almost immediately following the mailing of the above letter, acknowledgements 
were received not only expressing sincere thanks and appreciation for the helpful 
suggestions bin in main instances proudly advising thai the 10 per cent net 
increase had been attained or that they felt quite confident that the objective 
would be accomplished during their term of office. 

It is worth} to note thai one Chapter in forming a very active membership 
Committee not onl\ placed every newly exalted candidate immediately on the 
committee, but found the committee had been the means of many Companions 
getting together on various occasions not onl\ lor a pleasant social hour but 
as an opportunity of discussing their responsibility as a committee. Such soci- 
ability cannot but add greatly to a warm and friendly attitude toward their 


In finalizing our observations, your committee cannot help but be impressed 
as to the great effect and impression one gets from a Chapter properly governed 
In an Excellent first Principal and an efficient body of Officers. This is reflected 
not only on its own members, but generates a constant desire to Sister Chapters 
and their Companions to visit them frequently. It is quite evident by personal 
observation that a Chapter which opens promptly, conducts its business in an 
efficient and dignfied manner, is one which is enjoying the pleasure of receiving 
and exalting main new members every year. 

Too much emphasis cannot be placed on the importance and responsibility 
that falls upon members of a Chapter that it is not only necessary to bring in 
new members, but it is equally important that these new members be made 
to feel they are needed in the Chapter, and that their interest and enthusiasm 
for the craft be put to full use. 

In closing your committee wishes to express its gratitude to the Most 
Excellent Grand First Principal, the Grand Scribe E, and the members of Grand 
Chapter for the co-operation extended so freely throughout the year. 
All of which is respectfully submitted, 
C. E. Saunders 
C. M. Platten 
R. Fulton 
H. S. Ewing 
L. W. Coombs 
H. D. Hyndman 
J. E. Davidson, Vice-Chairman 
C. W. Emmett, Chairman. 
It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. 
( . \V. Emmett, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Special Committee on Membership be 
received and adopted. 




To Most Excellent Companion J. L. House, Grand First Principal, The Grand 

Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada 
Dear Sir and Most Excellent Companion: 

Your Special Committee consisting of M. Ex. Companion Burden, M. Ex. 
Companion Pitts and M. Fx. Companion Conover beg leave to report on the 
awarding of the 25 vear and 50 year Past Principal's Jewel and the 50 year Royal 
Arch Mason's Jewel. 

From a study of the records available since the institution of these awards, 
it would appear that the First Principal's Medallion was originated by M. Ex. 
Comp. Edwin Smith, Grand First Principal, in his report as recorded in the 
annual proceedings of this Grand Chapter for the year 1929 (page 210) and for 


the year 1930 (page 28) . 

The 50 year Royal Arch Mason's Jewel was authorized by Most Ex. Com- 
panion L. F. Stephens, Grand First Principal, in his report to this Grand Chapter 
for the year 1940 (page 39) . 

From time to time various interpretations have been made in connection 
with the names and conditions governing the awards. 

Your Committee have considered all phases of these questions and desire 
to submit recommendations which it is hoped will regularize the making of 
the award and also correct the misconceptions. 

During the last five years medals and jewels have been awarded by this 
Grand Chapter as follows and the combined cost is also given. 


25 year Past 




50 year 

60 year 












































342 8 104 1 6 $3,324.39 

Average cost for the last five years was $664.87. Complete statistics were not 
available when this report was being prepared. Your attention is directed to 
the annual financial statement now in your posession which indicates an expendi- 
ture of $526.91. 

We have been advised that there are not sufficient jewels at present to meet 
the possible demand for this year. 

It is noted that the cost of dies has been included in the unit cost of the 
jewels and as the ownership of the dies remains with the manufacturer, com- 
petitive prices for new supplies could not be obtained from other manufacturers. 
The owner of the die has an advantage over other tenders. 

The ribbon presently used with the 50 year Jewel is of four colours, Blue 
Purple, Crimson and White. This special ribbon must be manufactured in 
small quantities and imported by the manufacturer. We are informed that the 
supply of this ribbon is now exhausted. 

The colour of the ribbon used with Companion Jewel is crimson, and for 
the Principal's and Past Principal's is a crimson ribbon with the centre of light 
blue, one-third the width. The ribbon used on Grand Chapter Jewels worn 
by Grand Chapter officers is "Sky" Blue, Crimson and Purple. (See constitution 
section 284.) 

Further supplies of 25 year Past Principal's and 50 year Royal Arch Mason's 
jewels must be purchased in the very near future. Tentative prices have been 
requested by the Grand First Principal. 

It is therefore necessary that certain decision should be made as to design, 
material, and costs of new jewels at the earliest possible moment. 

Your Committee beg leave to submit the following recommendations: 


1. This award shall be known as "The 25 Year Past Principal's Jewel." 

2. The Jewel shall be awarded for 25 years continuous and uninterrupted 
membership, computed from the date that the Excellent Companion was 
installed as First Principal in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons owing 
allegiance to the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. Such 
membership may be continuous and uninterrupted in one or more of the 
constituent Chapters on the Registry of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada. 

3.25 years service shall be indicated by a horizontal gold or gilt bar 3/16 inches 
in width and in length the full length of the ribbon and shall be attached 
to the ribbon of the Past Principal's Jewel. Where a Past Principal's Jewel 
is not worn the bar shall be attached to the ribbon of the Chapter Jewel. 
This bar shall have the figures and words "25 Years P.Z." raised thereon. 



4. This bar shall be awarded lor 50 years continuous and uninterrupted mem- 
bership computed from the date that the excellent Companion was installed 
as a First Principal in a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons owing allegiance to 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. Such membership may 
be continuous and uninterrupted in one or more of the constituent Chapters 
on the Registry of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

5.50 years membership shall be indicated by a horizontal bar of gilt or gold 
3 l(i inches in width and in length the full width of the ribbon attached to 
the ribbon of the Past Principal's Jewel. Where a Past Principal's Jewel is 
not worn the bar shall be attached to the ribbon of the Chapter Jewel. This 
bar shall have the figures and words "50 Years P.Z." raised thereon. 


The application for the award shall be prepared by the Scribe E. of the 
constituent Chapter and shall state: 

a) The actual elate of installation; 

b) That the proposed recipient has not been a suspended or demitted mem- 
ber during such membership; 

c) Where the proposed recipient has been a member of more than one 
Chapter under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada the application shall be supported by certificates from 
such Chapter or Chapters showing the date of joining such Chapter and 
the date of his demit. 

d) That the proposed recipient was in good standing during the entire period 
of such membership. 

The application shall be signed by the First Principal under the seal of the 
Chapter attested by the Scribe E. 

The proposed recipient is not an applicant and should not sign the 

All information given in any application shall be verified by the Grand 
Scribe E. 

This award shall be known as the "50 Year Royal Arch Mason's Jewel." 

8. The award shall be for 50 years continuous and uninterrupted membership 
as a Royal Arch Mason in a Chapter or Chapters in this Jurisdiction. Such 
membership shall be computed from the date of exaltation as a Royal Arch 
Mason and may be in one or mere Royal Arch Chapters in this Jurisdiction. 

9. The application for this award shall be on a form similar to that of the 
application for the 25 Year Past Principal's Jewel. The certificates accom- 
panying the application shall be similar to those for the 25 Year Past 
Principal's Jewel. 


The ribbon for the 50 Year Royal Arch Mason's Jewel shall be crimson in 

II. Sixty years continuous and uninterrupted membership shall be indicated by 
the figures "60" on a small brooch attached to the ribbon of the Royal Arch 
Mason's Jewel. It shall be attached immediately above the keystone. 

12. The Grand Scribe E. shall verify all statements of membership and so certify 
on the face of the application. 

13. The presentation of these awards shall be made under the direction of the 
Grand First Principal. 


14. All awards for membership in a Chapter shall be known as jewels. 
The following have been authorized: 

a. The Royal Arch Mason's Jewel (presented at exaltation) ; 

b. The Past Principal's Jewel (usually presented to the immediate Past 
Principal) ; 

c. The 25 Year Past Principal's Jewel; 


d. A bar indicating 50 years membership as a Past Principal; 

e. The 50 Year Royal Arch Mason's Jewel. 

15. All dies for any jewels or medals authorized by this Grand Chapter shall 
be purchased by this Grand Chapter and returned to the custody of the 
Grand Scribe E. after each order has been completed. 

16. When future contracts are awarded for jewels or medals separate and distinct 
tenders shall be invited for die or dies and jewels and medals. 

17. The regulations governing the award of all Grand Chapter jewels and medals 
shall be printed in the Manuel for Chapter Officers. 

18. All jewels and medals shall be worn on the left breast of the jacket not 
higher than the top of the pocket in the following order; 

a. Past Master's Jewel; 

b. Distinguished Service Medal; 

c. Chapter Jewel; 

d. Past Principal's Jewel; 

e. 25 Year Past Principal's Jewel, if previously awarded; 

f. 50 Year Royal Arch Mason's Jewel; 

g. Foreign Jewels or Medals in order of reception. 

It should be impressed upon all Royal Arch Masons that Royal Arch Jewels 
are. permitted in a Lodge under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of 
A.F. & A.M. of Canada in the Province of Ontario. 
Fraternally submitted, 

R. V. Conover 

C. M. Pitts 

J. M. Burden 
It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
R. V. Conover, that — 

Resolved — That the report of this Committee be received and adopted. 


To The Most Excellent Grand First Principal, Officers and Members of the 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

This very brief report does not indicate that your Grand Historian has not 
been fairly active since the last Convocation of this Grand Chapter. Slow progress 
is being made towards the completion of the History of the Royal Arch in this 
Jurisdiction. The early period dating from 1797 to 1857 has been completed 
and a second paper dealing with the activities of the Chapters has been presented 
to the Canadian Masonic Research Committee. The first paper has been printed 
and distributed to members of the Association. A further paper in collaboration 
with M. Ex. Comp. Harris of the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia and others is 
dealing with the "Work" as practiced in Canada is in course of preparation. 

It is with very much pleasure that I acknowledge on your behalf the gift 
of a number of copies of the work from Rt. Ex. Comp. L. Riggs. I believe 
that there is now in the Grand Scribe E's office an almost complete series of 
published rituals dating back to 1880. 

Once again the Grand Historian would appreciate the loan of any matter 
of Historical value, old printed or written rituals, exposees, copies of minutes 
certificates or old warrants. These would be invaluable during the present year. 
Copies of proceedings prior to 1910 would also be appreciated. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. V. Conover, Grand Historian 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. 
R. V. Conover, and — 

Resolved — That the report of the Grand Historian be received and adopted. 

Moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. M. A. 
Searle, and — 

Resolved — That M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover be elected Grand Historian. 



To the Most Excellent, the Grand Firsi Principal, Officers and Companions 

of (.land Chapter. 
Most Excellent Sir: 

Your Committee on Grievances and Appeals is happy to report that no 
Grievances or Appeals have been heard of or received during the past year, so, 
we have arrived at the pleasant conclusion that harmony prevails throughout 
the entiie Jurisdiction. 

Respect fully submitted, 

R. V. Conover, P.Z. 

John M. Burden, P.Z. 

A. (.. N. Bradshaw, P.G.Z., Chairman. 

It was moved In M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by Ex. Comp. 
A. (.. N. Bradshaw. and - 

Resolved — That the report of the Committee on Grievances and Appeals 
be received and adopted. 


This Committee has been inactive due to the serious illness of its Chairman, 
R. Ex. Comp. M. S. Gooderham, and for this period is reporting progress. 


Letters, etc.. were received conveying Greetings and expressing regrets for 
non-attendance from: 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia— 

M. Ex. Comp. R. L. Williams, G.Z. 
The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick— 

M. Ex. Comp. L. E. Bayley, G.Z. 
The (.rand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec— 

M. Ex. Comp. A. Osgood, P. G.Z. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan— 

M. Ex. Comp. D. N. D. Kennedy, G.Z. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Florida— 

M. Ex. Comp. John B. Phelps, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secy. 

R .Ex. Comp. D. H. J. Wendland, Grand King. 
The General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons— 

\I Ex. Comp. Roscoe R. Walcott, P.G.H.P. and Gen. Grand Secy. 
1 he Grand Roval Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois— 

M. Ex. Comp. B. C. Nead, G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. E. E. Core, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secy. 
The Grand Chapter Roval Arch Masons of Louisiana— 

M. Ex. Comj). P. H. Farmer, G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Lee W. Harris, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secy. 
The Grand Roval Arch Chapter State of New Jersey— 

M. Ex. Comp. R. Janssen, G.H.P. 
The Giand Holv Roval Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania- 
Clomp. Charles E. Tull, M. Ex. G.H.P. 

Comp. John F. Kitselman, M. Ex. Grand Secy. 
Grand Roval Arch Chapter of the State of Vermont— 

M. Ex. Comp. Frank M. Brownell, G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Aaron H. Grout, Grand Secy. 
Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada, Red Cross of Constantine— 

M. Ex. Comp. Erancis E. Simmons, M. 111. Grand Sov. 
Supreme Council 33 Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry 

for the Dominion of Canada— 

Comp. Thomas K. Wade, M. P. Sov., Grand Commander. 
Grand Lodge AF & AM of Canada in the Province of Ontario— 

M. Wor. Bro. & Comp. William L. Wright, Grand Master. 



M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E., installed and invested the newly 
elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the Grand Superintendents of the 
several Districts, and they were proclaimed and saluted according to ancient 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle, seconded by M. Ex. Comp. J. 
A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved— That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
Canada be extended to R. Ex. Comp. James Woodland and his Committee 
(Credential) , to V. Ex. Comp. Sid Newdick and his Committee (Scrutineers) , 
R. Ex. Comp. Reg. Lewis and his Committee (On Arrangements) . These 
Companions work long and faithfully and the efficient manner in which they 
discharged their duties, left nothing to be desired, to the Installing Board 
under the direction of M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, we salute you for a job 
well done. 


The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. Comp. J. L. 


V. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Heam, 

755 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 

410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. Earl Davidson, 

34 The Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James C. Leith, 

27 South Oval, Hamilton, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Reginald J. Lewis Grand Lecturer 

421 St. Clarens Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Dr Norman S. Clark Grand Sr. Sojourner 

15 Alexandra Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Norman F. H. Bright Grand Jr. Sojourner 

Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Richard L. Carr Grand Sword Bearer 

46 Montye Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harry V. Ryerse Grand Master 4th Veil 

103 First Ave., (Box 489) Port Dover, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Gideon Adams Goddard Grand Master 3rd Veil 

45 Kirkland St., (Box 664) Kirkland Lake, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Andrew Telfer Grieve Grand Master 2nd Veil 

14 Wembley Drive, Sudbury, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Hugh Alexander McFayden Grand Master 1st Veil 

521 Armit Ave., Fort Frances, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Sloan Ewing Grand Standard Bearer 

Dartford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Murdoch L. Martyn Grand Dr. of Ceremonies 

372 Bay St., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Albert Edward Hardman Ass'st. Dr. of Ceremonies 

Brown St., Wiarton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Irvin Henry Tucker Grand Organist 

11 Spring St. West, Waterloo, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Joseph Benson Grand Pursuivant 

788 Windermere Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Donald Bruce Young Grand Steward 

331 Millwood Rd., Toronto, Ont. 


Y. Ex. Com p. James Richard Johnson Crand Steward 

143 Northlands Ave., (Weston) Toronto 9, Ont. 
\ 1\ Comp. I i nest Bancroft Dangerlield Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 8, Kemptville, Ont, 
V. Ex. Comp. Hugh Matheson Dunlop Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 1. Turnerville, Ont. 
Y Ex. Comp. Clair Presses Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 1. Corinth. Ont. 
\ 1 \ Comp. Charles Kenneth Matteson Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 1. Caledonia. Ont. 
Y. Ex. Comp. John McLean Grand Steward 

Box 33, Wroxeter, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Alex. Mckinnell Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 1. Smithville, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Matthew Yciteh Grand Steward 

Uxbridge, Ont. 
V, Ex. Comp. Hilliard Everett Payne Grand Steward 

Point Anne, Ont. 
Y. Ex. Comp. George Edward Young Grand Steward 

i P.O. Box 2) Russell, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Gordon G. Sheppard Grand Steward 

154 Shnter St., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Walter Smale Grand Steward 

1196 Florence St., London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. J. S. Maddock Grand Steward 

Alvinston, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Clarence Elmer Meyers Grand Steward 

137 Charles St., Belleville, Ont. 
Comp. Walter Wakefield Grand Outer Guard 

84 Lindsay Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

The labours of the Annual Convocation 
being ended, Grand Chapter was closed in 
Ample Form at 11.45 a.m., Toronto, Ontario, 
Thursday, April 26, 1956. 


Grand Scribe E. 


Tuesday evening, April 24th, 1956, the Grand Z, M. Ex. Comp. John L. 
House, invited his Council, Executive Committee and Grand Chapter Officers 
to a Dinner in the Yellow Room, King Edward Hotel, Toronto, to honour his 
Distinguished Guests, at the same time Mrs. John L. House entertained the 
wives of our distinguished Guests and her Committee with a Dinner in the 
Blue Room, King Edward Hotel. 

Wednesday evening, April 25th, 1956, the Annual Banquet was held in the 
Crystal Ballroom of the King Edward Hotel, the Guest Speaker being Professor 
Marcus Long, M.A., Ph.D., of the University of Toronto. His address was 
indeed very pleasing, particularly to the Ladies, because he professed to be a 
Ladies' Man. He imparted some very interesting information to all our guests 
from near and far. His main talk being on International Affairs. 

We were entertained by that very delightful team of singers, Miss Helen 
Bruce and Mr. Harold Bourne. Their selection of songs and ballads was most 
pleasing to the 450 present. 

During the Convocation our Grand Z invited each of his guests to say a few 
words of greeting from their respective Grand Bodies, which were thoroughly 
enjoyed by the delegates. 

Special thanks should be given to all those who assisted on the various 
committees and made the Ninety Eighth Convocation such a success. 

Numerous letters and telegrams of congratulations were received from our 
friends from Sister Jurisdictions. 


R. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Grand H. 

244 Inglewood Drive, Toronto, Ont. 


M. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand Z. 

14 Pearson Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, Q.C., Grand Z., 1943-44. 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-46. 

Brampton, Ont. (Box 717). 
M. Ex. Comp. Frederick Wm. Dean, Grand Z., 1947-48 Grand Treasurer 

244 Holton Ave., South, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts, 1949-50. 

Tiffany Apts. (P.O. Box 374), Ottawa, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw, 1951-52. 

655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John Alexander Macdonald Taylor, 1953-54. 

R.R. No. 1, Hornby, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle Grand J. 

Apt. 206, 111 Oriole Parkway, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

400 Lake Promenade, Long Branch, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Gerald Bell Grand Scribe N. 

Lions Head, Ont. 


R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin F. Nott, 

409 Algonquin Ave., North Bay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy 

512 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

\\\l \1 CONVOCATIONS, rORONTO, 1956 95 


R l \. Comp. Bruce l 1. Smith, 

169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. ( cm]), fames E. Girven, 

581 Weller St., Peterborough, Ont. 
R Ex. Comp. F. Car] Ickert, 

1 Lincoln Ave., Gait, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Emmett, 

1310 Tecumseh Park Drive, Port Credit, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Ben S. Scott, 

9 Prospect St., London, Ont. 


V. Ex. Comp. Joseph A. Hearn, 

755 Danforth Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie, 

410 Eden Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. Earl Davidson, 

34 The Drive, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. J. Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Ave. Sarnia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James C. Leith, 

27 South Oval, Hamilton, Ont. 


(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W. Dean, 

244 Holton Ave. South, Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. DeForest Charles Patmore, 

10 Maple Drive, R.R. No. 3, Orillia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 

69 Fuller Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 


M. Ex. Comps. John M. Burden, Q.C. (Chairman) , R. V. Conover, F. W. Dean, 
C. M. Pitts, A. G. N. Bradshaw, J. A. M. Taylor. 


M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comp. William Howard Edwards, 

R. Ex. Comp. Cecil Ward Martin, R. Ex. Comp. Austin Francis McDowell, 

R. Ex. Comp. E. J. Hay, M.D. 


R. Ex. Comp. James C. Leith (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. Eldridge K. Hogaboom, 
R. Ex. Comp. Gerald Bell 

R. Ex. Comp. James E. Girven (Chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z.'s, 
Grand Treasurer, Chairman of Investments and Grand S. E. 


R. Ex. Comp. C. Ackert (Chairman), Grand Council, Grand Treasurer and 

Grand S. E. 


M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore 


M. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw (Chairman) , M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, Q.C., 

and M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover 


R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin S. Scott (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comps. Alexander Barclay, 

H. G. Freeman, H. B. Porter and A. S. Martin and L. R. Hertel 

M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden 

R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Gillespie (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comp. John H. W. Norton 
(Vice-Chairman) , R. Ex. Comps. F. G. Sheppard, C. H. Hall and G. A. C. Gunton 

M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith (Chairman) , R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Coleman 

M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor (Chairman), Grand Council, P.G.Z.'s and Grand 



R. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. J. E. Davidson, W. L. 

Young, Chas. A. Larson, A. V. Roy, J. F. Boucher and John McFadyen 

M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover (Chairman) , M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden, M. Ex. 

Comp. C. M. Pitts 

M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Dean (Chairman), Grand Council and P.G.Z.'s 

Grand Council and Past Grand Z.'s 


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1-R. (.. Craig, V. L. Drake, G. A. Gilmour, J. \\\ Marshall, H. P. Robinson. 
4-C. D. Wood, H. Bidwell, 1 \. Young, W. A. Morrison. 5-R. C. Wal- 
lace, l. Cowman, A. S. Westwater, R. W. French, ). Simpson, H. 
I Grimes. 6— G. E. Billson. 7— W. J. Brown. 8— J. Davidson, L. N. Hart, L. 
A. Watkins. 19-G. Wedge, Jr.. A. M. Purdie, F. C. Sutton. 20-S. B. Newstead. 
24— C. Heiden. 26-H. Garrett. 28-L. A. Corn. H. E. Henderson. 30-J. E. 
Snell. 54— V. D. Whiteley, F. O. Soughton, H. R. Smith, L. Holt. S5-A. E. 
Sturoess. \. |. (ook. 40-W. C. Murray. 62-W. M. Smart. H. J. Girdler. 63- 
A. Preston. 67— J. H. Fawcett, C. B. Chick, D. Perry, M. Wright, J. H. Wells, 
R. E. Fotheringham. 73-D. MacLeod. 74-J. Jordan. 76-D. C. Reilly, F. Y. 
luln, W. |. Bevan, J. E. Brant. 78— M. M. Pennington, J. A. Gibbs. 79— A. I. 
Johnson. I . H. N orris. 80— F. G. Crew. P. F. Horwood, K. Bevington, W. P. 
Armstrong. W. H. Pierec, J. R. Wilkinson, C. Kilpatrick, G. S. Crooker, E. J. 
Sins. 81-G. Vallee, R. E. D. Stroud, J. E. Taggaret, W. S. McKay, C. L. 
Adcock. 1). F. Taylor, W. R. Miller. 84-W. A. Miller, A. O. Garrett, H. 
Mc Michael. 90-C. F. Kessler, C. F. Steeves, W. H. King, H. M. Holmstron, R. 
E. C. Milling. W. P. Merton, J. P. Sangster, B. Levinson, H. Heinbrnffe, M. D. 
Smith. (. York. J. B. Davis, J. Holloway, W. J. Winter, R. Watson. 91-R. 
Cinrie. 95— J. F. Coulter, R. B. Scott. 102-L. J. Hackett, R. Riddock, S. T. 
Olsen. 103— F. McHardie. 104-T. Bnllock, Jr., C. Davis. 1 13— J. B. Terry, G. 
T. Andresen, P. W. Munro, W. Holden, H. M. Murray, H. Raynor, J. A. 
Mc Arthur. H. F. Cooper. 117— W. E. Cooper, C. H. Moore, J. Middlesex. 119— 
C. (). Broun. G. F. Hartley. 135-G. Gruscow, A. A. Walters, C. L. Greer, J. C. 
Ward. 138— A. E. Duke, G. E. Balfour, S. R. McNeill. 140-N. McDonald, A. 
W. Godfrey, E. J. F. Simpson, W. J. Sargent. 145-R. C. Dancy. 146-A. Ashley, 
E. H. Cooke. L. Fatum. 148-K. I. Mitchell, W. G. MacLeod, R. MacLeod. 
164— J. McDonald, J. Bishop, G. E. Ross, G. S. Newman, R. H. Root, C. Arnold, 
H. Askew. A. Sim. G. Stonehouse, F. S. Ackerman. 175— F. J. Whitmore, L. S. 
Bartlett. L85-Micah C. Banks. 195-D. Dunsire. 203-C. Humphrey, L. W. 
Dalton. 210— G. A. Purcheon. 212-A. J. Victor. 214-T. Braithwaite. 217- 
R. C. Morris. 218-D. Webster, W. Siddall. 219— J. Hughes, J. L. Mcintosh, S. 
Bolton, J.G. Ferguson, N. E. Wright, A. Coots, R. J. Wilkinson, D. F. McCann, 
R. Orr. 222-R. H. Irvine. 224-A. F. Tapsell, M. Gregory, W. M. Stark, B. 
L. Springstead. 225— W. J. Jardine, R. J. Keeling, E. F. Stephenson, F. Johnson. 
227-J. Agnew, L. R. Poulin, W. R. Muir, E. Kalnoy, G. W. Gee. 233-H. E. 
Yallat. H. S. Dodd. G. W. Lovegrove, A. Nixon, H. McQuor, A. G. Clark, T. 
Aikman. 235-J. E. Babcock, V. T. Powell, A. G. Lindsay. 249-K. W. Jackson. 

DEM ITS- 1955 
1-R. H. Green. 2-D. W. West, W. B. Sonderson, J. Fraser, F. Leach, G. A. 
Brown. 4— G. E. Johnstone. 5— K. H. Downes. 6— G. Hansen, O. F. Stacey, L. 
A. Shaver, A. Spettle. 7-R. Arnott, R. H. Macklen. 8-D. McFadyen. 15-G. S. 
Busteed. 16— E. G. Pritchard, E. J. Alexander. 19— A. Russell, F. M. Empey, 
R. W. Thomson, S. H. Capell, W. J. Russell. 22— J. A. Payton. 24-J. Graham. 
p— W. Russell. R. Ache. 28-F. W. Dobney, C. H. McGahey, R. E. Brockle- 
liurst. 31-F. Burford.' 32-W. C. Brewer. 34-L. I. Spear, V. A. Lawrence. 
|6-H. E. Henrv. G. H. Dav. 40-1. W. McNaughton. 41-Rev. C. D. Daniel, 
W. Moggach. 44-G. W. Ciippage. 54-R. B. Bowey, A. W. Chapman, S. Hall. 
57-C. R. Howard. 59-G. W. Glen. 62-E. W. Mealing, R. H. Blair, E. A. 
Pells. (i4-T. A. Cornett, W. J. Martin, E. E. Pink. 65-W. G. R. Murphy, G. 
K. Doan. 71— E. F. Sawver, J. S. Kendall. 75— J. Moore. 76— K. C. McKenzie. 
77- A. B. Vasev. 78-W. Murch. 79-H. L. MacLachlan, A. Brown, J. W. 
Wallace. P. L. Chestnut. 80-R. L. Mersey, H. A. Fradsham, H. H. Gordon, H. 
M. Bennett, J. Scott. 81-A. C. Wilton. 88-L. Wilcox, J. Hunt. 90-J. Pater- 
son. W. E. Self. 95-F. G. Hannen. 102-D. Barrett, W. J. Harten. 103-M. 
p. Napper. 1 13-H. R. Read, J. N. McCall. 114-D. M. Kerr. 117-A. Bender- 
nagel. 119— J. S. Green, C. A. Coyne, J. J. S. Gibson. 129-C. F. Chapman. 
132-G. H. Todd. 135-H. J. Cave, H. J. Shier, W. E. Carnegie. 138-A. W. 
Clarke. M. Swanston. 140— J. M. Hav. 145-W. L. Gould, L. Flowers, R. M. 
Barchard. 146-A. Suwala. 147-T. H. Pritchard. 148— J. Armstrong. 150-W. 
Curnol. 153-R. Y. Walden, A. Millward. 154— B. G. Harvey. 164-C. D. 
Wright. 167— C:. N. James, R. }. Keller. 175— H. R. MacFarlane, T. H. Simp- 


son, J. S. Robbins, H. C. Williston. 195-N. E. Scarlett, W. F. Rebell. 198-F. 
F. Eddington, H. B. Williams, J. Isles, G. W. Newcombe, G. Pettit. 210-Allan 
Smirle. 212— S. Berman, J. Hymson. 217-C. M. Stovell, W. W. Carson. 218- 
W. J. Lonergan, H. Holmes, R. McKelvie. 219-R. A. Kerr. 220-W. K. Hans- 
ford. 221 -E. Hutchinson. 222— J. H. G. Marshall, W. D. Blades, S. Solomon. 
223-P. Morgan. 224-D. A. Wright, W. H. Milborne, H. Kay, R. Jupp, J. W. 
Drake, W. B. Coleman, S. Cotterell. 225-K. C. Harper, H. Dunnette, C. Mo 
Naughton. 230-N. E. Nichol. 231-L. W. Newton, D. W. MacDonald. 234- 
A. C. Welk, E. C. Thompson. 235-D. C. Cameron. 238-S. R. Pratt. 241-E. 
W. McLeod, H. A. Russell, J. C. Dean, A. R. Bonham. 242-N. Dickson, W. L, 
Ward. 247-M. Hodgins. 248-C. J. Foley. 249-J. C. Porter, W. W. Sherwin, 
250-W. D. Fisher. 251-R. E. Elbone. 252-G. W. Breakey. 253-R. I. Haslett, 
L. L. McBride, A. McKnight, E. C. Bond, M. H. Stewart. 254-G. A. Farrish, 
T. H. Sanderson. 256-H. M. Whitesell. 

3-R. H. Pope. 5-0. L. Parr, T. A. Muir. 16-G. A. Derraugh, J. L. Mercer, 
J. C. Richardson. 19-A. R. Mason. 24-H. Nuttall. 27-F. Dey, A. M. 
Durnford. 54-J. T. Pollock, M. B. Ryckman, D. Doan, D. Smoke, C. Roberts. 
63-G. Alexander. 73— J. Bradley. 80-G. A. McKee. 119-W. C. Noble. 
133-W. J. Morris. 149-D. Bell. 167-C. K. Aitkens. 185-F. H. Wehrley. 
212-N. Phillips. 219— R. Farquharson, A. F. Stoneman. 221— J. A. Magee. 
250-R. Jones. 252-C. Camanado. 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Bradley Porter, 2433 WindermereRd., Windsor, Ont. 

.47. Wellington Chatham 119. King Cyrus Leamington 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 164. Lome West Lome 

80. Ark Windsor 239. Blenheim Blenheim 

88. MacNabb Dresden 250. Thomas Peters Windsor 


R. Ex. Comp. Fredrick George Sheppard 
c/o Beck Memorial Sanatorium, Byron, Ont. 
3. St. John's London 81. Aylmer Aylmer 

5. St. George's London 150. London London 

15. Wawanos Sarnia 214. Vimy Inwood 

53. Bruce Petrolia 238. The St. Andrew London 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

74. Beaver Strathroy 247. Nilestown Nilestown 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 252. Hiawatha Sarnia 

R. Ex. Comp. William Leonard Young, R.R. No. 3, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

18. Oxford Woodstock 41. Flarris Ingersoll 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 115. Brant Paris 

23. Ezra Simcoe 253. Regal Port Dover 

255. Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 

R. Ex. Comp. Leonard Richard Hertel, Box 316, Hespeler, Ont. 

32. Waterloo Gait 218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

40. Guelph Guelph 221. Durham Durham 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 234. Halton Georgetown 

83. Ionic Orangeville 245. Preston Preston 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 

R. Ex. Comp. Albert Samuel Martin, 12 Robinson Ave., Brantford, Ont. 
2. The Hiram Hamilton 175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

6. St. John's Hamilton 224. Keystone Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 236. Caledonia Caledonia 

104. White Oak Oakville 243. McKay Stoney Creek 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 


R. Ex, Comp. Fraser Earl Jeffrey Hay, M.D.. Victoria St., Listowel, Ont. 

24 recumseth Stratford 84. Lebanon Wingham 

50. Huron Goderich 129. Elliot Mitchell 

46. St. James St. Mary's 130. Chantry Southampton 

ti;!. Havelock Kincardine 140. Bernard Listowel 

ii(i. 1 ho Malloch Seaforth 117. Lucknow Lucknow 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Axel Larson, 203 Russell Ave., St. Catharines, Out. 
[9. Mi. Moriah St. Catharines 09. Grimsby Grimsby 

29. McCallum Dunnville 70. Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55. Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 240. Smithville Smithville 

64. Willson Welland 

R. Ex. Comp. Cecil Ward Martin, 8 Centre Street, Thornhill, Ont. 

I. St. Andrew & St. John ... Toronto 103. The Beaches Toronto 

S. King Solomon's Toronto 205. Victoria Thornhill 

02. York Toronto 217. St. Alban's Toronto 

65 St. Paul's Toronto 225. Beaver Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 235. Aurora Aurora 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 241. University Toronto 

145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

R. Ex. Comp. Eldridge K. Hogaboom, 450 Gladstone Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

77. Occident Toronto 220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91. Toronto-Antiquity Toronto 230. Port Credit Port Credit 

138. Shckinah Toronto 231. The St. Clair Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 232. King Cyrus Toronto 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 233. Oakwood Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 240. Humber Weston 

219. Ulster Toronto 

R. Ex. Comp. John McFadyen, 174 St. Paul St., Collingwood, Ont. 

27. Manitou Collingwood 131. Amabel Wiarton 

34. Signet Barrie 107. Kichikewana Midland 

50. Georgian Owen Sound 198. Couchiching Orillia 

R. Ex. Comp. Harry George Freeman, 90 King St. W., Bowmanville, Ont. 

28. Pentalpha Oshawa 94. Midland Lindsay 

35. Keystone Whitby 110. Warkworth Warkworth 

30. Corinthian Peterboro 134. King Darius Cannington 

37. Victoria Port Hope 108. Ionic Campbellford 

45. Excelsior Colborne 249. Palestine Bowmanville 

48. St. John's Cobourg 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Vernon Roy, Box 57, Napanee, Ont. 

7. The Moira Belleville 72. Keystone Stilling 

20. St. Mark's Trenton 144. Presqu'lle Brighton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 101. Madoc Madoc 

11. Mount Sinai Napanee 227. Quinte Friendship Belleville 


R. Ex. Comp. Charles Harold Hall, 157 Alfred St., Kingston, Ont. 

1. Ancient Frontenac & 68. Maitland Kemptville 

Cataraqui Kingston 112. St. John's Morrisburg 

22. Grenville Prescott 113. Covenant Cornwall 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence, Brockville 132. Leeds Gananoque 

R. Ex. Comp. William Howard Edwards, Box 497, Carleton Place, Ont. 

16. Carleton Ottawa 148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61. Granite Almonte 151. Laurentian Pembroke 

116. Maple Carleton Place 210. Kitchener Russell 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 222. Ottawa Ottawa 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 226. Prince of Wales Perth 

143. Glengarry Maxville 248. Dochert Arnprior 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander Barclay, 226 - 2nd St. North, Kenora, Ont. 

82. Shuniah Port Arthur 149. Atwood Rainy River 

90. Golden Kenora 152. Alberton Ft. Frances 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 254. Golden Star Dryden 

R. Ex. Comp. James Finlay Boucher, Box 389, Espanola, Ont. 

58. Pembroke Mattawa 102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 103. St. John's North Bay 

257. Espanola Espanola 

R. Ex. Comp. Austin Francis McDowell, 343 Patricia Blvd., Timmins, Ont. 

169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon A. Claude Gunton, Whitehorse, Y.T. 

154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 

256. Yukon Whitehorse, Y.T. 


1956 - L957 


1. R. Cume, 365 Victoria St., Kingston 

2. George \. Fuller, 34Dalewood Cresc, Hamilton 
S. John H. Moss. 409 Burbrook St., London 

l. R. Dearden, 35 Beresford Vve., Toronto 

5. I .. N. Mien, :><> Highway Ave., London 

6. John McKee, R. R. No. 1, Holloway 

8. Gordon A. McConnell, 30 Rolph Road. Toronto 17 

r>. Andrew W. Jordan. 204 Campbell St., Sarnia 

16. Edgar A. Shane, Buckingham, Que. 

18. A. E. Thurlow, 510 Henry St., Woodstock 

19. Wilson Vnderson, 49 Welland St. So., Thorold 

20. L. DeMontmorency, 26 Walnut St., Brant ford 

22. L. \. Barnard, Spencerville 

23. D. M. Reeves, Box 210. Simcoe 

24. Robt. R. Morrice, 82 Home St., Stratford 

26. Arthur Jackson. f>2 Hcbcr St., Trenton 

27. Coition S. Hudson, 280 Hurontario St., Collingwood 

28. D. W. l\ts 152 Ritson Rd. S., Oshawa 

29. R. Ash. Dunnville 

30. Cordon I . Kaiting, Box 562, Goderich 
SI. David Campbell, Picton 

32. W. A. Crawford, 17 Kay St., Gait 

34. A. K. Ruddick, 155 Coderington St., Barrie 

35. (has. W. Stafford, 107 Dundas St. E., Whitby 

36. F. M. Warren. 720 Walkerfield Ave., Peterborough 

37. Robt. Brown, 2 Mitchell St., Port Hope 

40. C. D. Van Norman, Box 326, Orangeville 

41. Edward C. Johnson, Ingersoll 

44. M. S. Clarke, Napanee 

45. Cecil Bellamy, R. R. No. 4, Colborne 

46. Rev. A. R. Campbell, St. Marys 

47. Wilfred C. Powers, 97 Mercer St., Chatham 

48. L. R. Griffith, R. R. No. 3, Cobourg 

53. J. R. Stewart, Petrolia 

54. Frank Fisher, 7 Celestine St., St. Thomas 

55. W. E. Brown. Virgil 

56. Win. I . Kennedy, 1558 - 4th Ave. W., Owen Sound 

57. H. Angle, 42 Fielden Ave., Port Colborne 
59. R. B. Morrison, 79 James St. W., Brockville 

61. Cedric Mohr, Almonte 

62. W. M. Mitchell, 1378 Bavview Ave., Toronto 

63. D. Mac Arthur, Ripley 

64. R. H. Dilamarter, 35 Thorold St., Welland 

65. Alfred C. L. W'ildman, 1874 Bloor St. W., Toronto 9 
()(i. Amos Corby, Seaforth 

67. A. M. Schneider, R. R. No. 2, Moorefield 

68. Merrill Haggins, North Gower 

69. Herman Smith, Box 89, Grimsby 

71. Ernest Moves, R. R. No. 2, Maidstone 

72. Chas. F. Davidson, Stirling 

73. Peter L. Lalonde, Muirkirk 

74. Hugh Dolphin, Strathroy 
7"). R. J. Hamilton, Milton 

76. F. Blanchard, 1126 Stamford St., Niagara Falls 

77. Wm. R. Brankston, 133Vaughan Rd., Toronto 10 

78. Roy Rat/. R. R. No. 2, Dashwood 

79. George Duguid, 197 Ftdton Ave., Toronto 6 


80. G. Ivan Smyth, 2258 Chilver Road, Windsor 

81. Grant Pressey, R. R. No. 1, Aylmer 

82. M. W. Pearce, 318 Dacre St., Port Arthur 

83. W. Stanley Thompson, Mono Centre 

84. Edgar S. Gauley, Wingham 

88. D. J. McCauhrin, R. R. No. 2, Dresden 

90. W. J. Parfitt, Ottawa St., Keewatin 

91. Walter Wiseman, 19 Margdon Rd., Toronto 9 

94. G. Mclnnis, 98 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay 

95. Leander J. Atkinson, Garson Mine 

102. Wm. E. Davey, 183 Biggings Ave., Sault Ste. Marie 

103. I. B. Bowness, Box 488, Ferris 

104. Lome Warwood, 90 Queen Mary Dr., Oakville 
110. Allan Buchanan, Warkworth 

112. E. J. MacDougal, Morrisburg 

113. F. A. McLean, Cornwall 

114. J. Slingerland, Hydro Electric Power Comra., Glasgow Station 

115. N. B. McAlpine, Paris 

116. M. P. Morris, McArthur Ave., Carleton Place 

117. A. B. Shoemaker, Acton 

119.- L. E. Henderson, R. R. No. 4, Leamington 

129. Edward W. Brunk, Mitchell 

130. Lome Avis, Port Elgin 

131. Orville Greig, Wiarton 

132. Wm. DeWolfe, R. R. No. 2, Gananoque 

133. G. P. Marshall, 25 McEwen, Smith Falls 

134. C. White 

135. S. C. Egginton, Uxbridge 

138. R. R. Parsons, 846 Glencairn Ave., Toronto 

140. Henry Crawford, 261 Empire Ave., Fort William 

143. Scott McLennan, 38Nepean St., Ottawa 

144. H. E. Bonisteel, Brighton 

145. C. L. Ford, 21 Kingsdale Ave., Willowdale 

146. Adam Dodds, Listowel 

147. James Boyle, Holyrood 

148. Ernest Whiessiel, Vankleek Hill 

149. Wm. I. Podscalny, Rainy River 

150. D. A. McDonald, 478 Central Ave., London 

151. W. John Charles, 219 Welland St., Pembroke 

152. J. R. Stewart, 401 Scott St., Fort Francis 

153. Thos. L. MacNally, 895 Forhan St., Wallaceburg 

155. Archie Martin, Mohawk Road, Ancaster 

161. Allan Nicholson, Bannockburn 

163. F. F. Mills, 22 Glen Fern Ave., Toronto 

164. Arthur Hawksby, West Lome 

167. Karl E. Morrison, 209 Elizabeth St., Midland 

168. Don Meyers, Campbellford 

169. J. C. Martin, Elk Lake 
175. B. C. Tebbs, Hamilton 

184. H. I. Logan, 324 Jarvis St., Fort Erie 

195. Walter Spink, 1 Victoria Cresc, Malton 

198. W. J. Foster, Orillia 

203. G. G. Pacey, Temagami 

205. Eric Andrews, 5215 Yonge St., Willowdale 

210. George E. Young, Russell 

212. Aubie L. Weisman, 54 Forest Heights Dr., Willowdale 

213. J. A. Piatt, 342 Patricia Blvd., Timmins 

214. Ross McLean, R. R. No. 2, Alvinston 

215. W. B. Angst, 150 MacDonnell Ave., Toronto 3 

217. Wm. J. Reaburn, 11 Grandview Ave., Willowdale ft 

218. John Doney, Melanchton 

219. Lester C. Pilson, 40 Harlton Cresc, Toronto 

\\\l \! CONVOC VTIONS, TORONTO, 1956 107 

220. John B. Richardson. 194 Sheldrake Blvd., Toronto 

221. J. E. Evans, Cheslej 

222. V. D. Berry, :>ti Glen Ave., Ottawa 

22:1 Arthur F. Righton, Box 1 11. Eroquois Falls 

221. Perq M. Bruce, 212 Grosvener Ave. S., Hamilton 

225. John Gray, 84 Doncresl Rd., Toronto 

226. Alkn Poole R. R. No. 3. Perth 

227. (\iil Mi Mullen. R. R. No. .">. Belleville 

230. Allan R. Jameson. 51 Ring Georges Blvd., loionto 18 
2:? I. Ernest C. Hanson, 86 Finch Ave. East, Willowdale 

232. Wm. F. Roberts. 118 Chudleigh Ave., roronto 

233. C, E. McClocklin, 50 Earlscourt Ave., Toronto 

234. 1 • Tracey, Georgetown 

235. John R. Jennings, King City 

236. Harold A. Coon. Caledonia 

238. I.. E. Fortner, .117 Emer) St., London 

239. Uoyd Guyett, R. R. No. 1, Blenheim 

240. Arthur Hill. Smithville 

211. R. S. Foley, 71 Evans Ave., Toronto 9 

212. Orville Kennedy, 2(> Swinyard St., London 
211. Ralph E. Hill. Stoney (reek 

245. (.. R. Cook, 953 Vine St., Preston 

246. H. E. Harrison. 21S Church St., Weston 
217. Eric Carswell, R. R. No. 10, London 

248. Frank Verdi. Anrprior 

249. \. E. Moffatt, Bowmanville 

250. Leonard Dowdell, 146 Campbell Ave., Windsor 

231. C. W. Davis. 198 Burnside Ave., Kirkland Lake 

252. H. W. Post. 414 Davis St., Sarnia 

253. lied M. Given, Port Dover 

254. R. A. Asselstine. 62Arthur St., Dryden 
2.")."). Chas. H. Swatridge, R. R. No. 2, Courtland 

256. Stephen light. P. O. Box 345, Whitehorse, Y.T. 

257. A. J. Morrison, Box 314, Espanola 



1956 - 1957 

1. T. N. Clarke, 173 MacDonnell St., Kingston 

2. Edward M. Marshall, 137 Emerald St. So., Hamilton 

3. Edward Andrews, 1012 Hamilton Road, London 

4. Lester G. Jackson, 31 Ardrossan Place, Toronto 

5. Abraham Cavanagh, 585 St. James St., London 

6. Chas. Pepper, 16 East 23rd St., Hamilton 

7. S. H. Lennox, 265 Bleecker Ave., Belleville 

8. Arthur T. Lewis, 222 Ellerslie Ave., Willowdale 

15. Ernest L. Treitz, 455 Cromwell St., Sarnia 

16. F. A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverley St., Ottawa 

18. Alex. Wishart, 45 Wellington St. S., Woodstock 

19. A. E. Coombs, 197 Church St., St. Catharines 

20. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford 

22. Edwin A. Cook, Prescott 

23. C. O. Hurst, 401 College Ave., Simcoe 

24. Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford 

26. Frank W. Sherbert, 166 King St., Trenton 

27. R. H. Davidson, 361 Cedar St., Collingwood 

28. L. G. Corson, 11 Warren Ave., Oshawa 

29. F. JR.. Martin, Dunnville 

30. W. H. Roope, Box 50, Goderich 

31. E. R. Hodgson, Box 433, Picton 

32. Gordon J. Johnson, 55 Lansdowne Rd. So., Gait 

34. A. G. Bowie, R. R. No. 5, Barrie 

35. Robt. McNee, 121 Euclid St., Whitby 

36. D. Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterborough 

37. E. J. Barrowclough, R. R. No. 3, Port Hope 

40. Jas. A. Robertson, 3 Eramosa Road, Guelph 

41. Lyle L. Mansfield, Box 815, Ingersoll 

44. Dr. G. L. Brown, Selby 

45. A. A. Kemp, Box 42, Castleton 

46. J. W. Durr, St. Marys 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham 

48. Eric W. Niles, Brook Road (R. R. No. 5), Cobourg 

53. Robert M. Story, Petrolia 

54. K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas 

55. John E. Campbell, 65 Johnson St., Niagara-on-the-Lake 

56. Dr. C. J. Baxendale, 142 - 3rd St. A. West, Owen Sound 

57. L. L. Doan, 803 Elm St., Port Colborne 

58. Pembroke 

59. H. N. McKenney, 16 Beecher St., Brockville 

61. J. T. Kelly, Box 255, Almonte 

62. Harold A. Armstrong, 1102 Avenue Road, Toronto 12 

63. R. J. Kincaid, P. O. Box 217, Kincardine 

64. C. E. Griffin, R. R. No. 5, Welland 

65. C. C. Kilner, 35 Errington Ave., Toronto 7 

66. C. A. Barber, Box 486, Seaforth 

67. R. G. Barton, Box 212, Palmerston 

68. Cecil D. Beckett, Kemptville 

69. John Aiken, Box 707, Grimsby 

71. R. Chas. Brushett, P. O. Box 218, Essex 

72. Thos. W. Solmes, Court House Building, Belleville 

73. Thos. E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown 

74. A. W. Holt, Strathroy 

75. Edwin Harrop, R. R. No. 5, Milton 

76. Chas. H. Sheppard, 1896 Delaware St., Niagara Falls 

77. Jas. T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto 4 

78. George Portice, R. R. No. 7, Parkhill 

79. Robt. V. Edge, 123 Logan Ave., Toronto 6 


80. Clarence W. Flett, 442 Askin Blvd., Windsor 

81. David C. Mc Niece. Aylmer 

82. S. H. Green, 669 Red River Road. Porl Arthur 

83. A. L. Hammer. Box 203, Orangeville 

84. John Mil can, Box 33, Wroxeter 
88. Hugh M. Dunlop, Turnerville 

90. Frank Edwards, Box 586, Kenora 

91. James Silk. 6 Teignmouth Ave., Toronto 10 
!U. s. W. Gould, 34i. 1 , Francis St., Lindsay 

95. 1*. A. Coates, 107 Pine St.. Sudbury 

102. George K. Hall. 34 Wemyss St., Saull Ste. Marie 

103. W. L. Brown. 1040 Front St., North Bay 
KM. Allan Day, 130 fohn St., Oakville 

110. O. B. Phillips. Warkworth 

112. Rev. G. Oliver Davies, Box Ms:?. Morrisburg 

113. H. 1. Sheets. 837 Alexander Ave., Cornwall 

114. H. Young. 137 Raglan St. V, Renfrew 
113. H. j. Broughton, Box 402 Paris 

llti. W. E. S. Root, Box 1084. Carleton Place 

117. W. R. Cooper, 08 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener 

110. Cordon Bloomlield. 10 Howard Ave., Leamington 

129. J. K. Taylor, Box 2.18. Mitchell 

130. Howard Yates, Port Elgin 

131. Cordon C. Sinclair, Box 292, Wiarton 

132. J. X. MacMillan, 420 King St. E., Gananoqne 

133. C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Ave., Smiths Falls 

134. I". H. Johnston. Pefferlaw 

135. Kenneth J. Noble, Uxbridge 

138. Harold O. Hughes, 12 Fernalrov Blvd., Toronto 18 

140. Ceo. H. [ddon, 340 S. Franklin St., Fort William 

143. Allen E. Rafnse, Maxville 

144. Chas. A. Wilson, Brighton 

143. J. R. Legecv, 48 Braeside Rd., Toronto 12 

146. W. H. Sargent, Box 273, Listowel 

147. A. C. Agnew, Lucknow 

148. B. C. OTlahertv. Box 174, Yankleek Hill 

149. William Hirst, Box 7, Rainv River 

150. Harold Steels, R. R. No. 1 /London 

151. C. W. I raser. Box 54, Pembroke 

152. J. B. Edgar. 435 Third St. W., Fort Frances 

153. John Burnett, 444 Duncan St., Wallaceburg 

154. R. G. Menchions, \\ hitehorse, Y.T. 

155. E. L. Walker, Rvckman's Corners 
161. D. Kernohan, Box 104, Madoc 

163. T. Middleton, 9 Hollvwood Cresc, Toronto 

164. R. J. Lemon, Box 143, West Lome 

167. H. A. Humphries, 226 Dominion Ave., Midland 

168. W. H. Brady, 32 A. Front St. N., Campbellford 

169. H. C. Walker, Box 363, Haileybury 

175. Wm. J. Shaw, 49 Charlton Ave. E., Hamilton 

184. John A. Bell, 235 Emerick Ave., Fort Erie 

195. E. A. Hav, 246 Main St. North, Brampton 

198. H. K. Mavnard, 106 Front St. S., Orillia 

203. H. Arnold Todd, Box 549, Cobalt 

205. Herbert S. Sparks, 303 Finch Ave. E., Willowdale 

210. J. L. Steele, P. O. Box 105, Russell 

212. Sam Perlman, 353 Bathurst St., Toronto 

213. L. H. Farrow. 410 Patricia Blvd.. Timmins 

214. J. Sam Maddock, R. R. No. 1, Alvinston 

215. T. B. Rogers, 11 Elma St., Mimico, Toronto 14 

217. Thos. R. Briscoe, 43 Ardagh St., Toronto 9 

218. Hilton Emrick, Homing's Mills 

219. J. L. Hewson, 113 Corevale Ave., Toronto 


220. W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto 18 

221. H. C. McKecknie, Box 10, Durham 

222. Henry Garland, 77 Gloucester St., Ottawa 

223. F. J. Bean, Box 125, Iroquois Falls 

224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon St. E., Hamilton 

225. John C. Day, 101 Robinson Ave., Toronto 

226. L. V. Wood, 6 Beckwith St., Perth 

227. W. M. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville 

230. E. S. McNeice, 40 Oakwood Ave. North, Port Credit 

231. Jas. W. Woodland, 595 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 

232. Robert Fick, 270 Oak Park Ave., Toronto 

233. A. E. Hayward, 46 McRoberts Ave., Toronto 

234. J. Addy, Glen Williams 

235. E. J. Eveleigh, 43 Connaught St., Aurora 

236. Edgar C. Reid, Box 151, Caledonia 

238. A. V. Sedgwick, 194 A. Duchess Ave., London 

239. Ernest Fryder, Talbot St., Blenheim 

240. S. Magder, Smithville 

241. Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Ave., Toronto 13 

242. Fred G. Sheppard, c/o Beck Memorial San, London 

243. John H. Lee, 10 Second St. So., Stoney Creek 

245. A. P. Hertel, 558 Hamilton St., Preston 

246. Donald McLean, 207 John St., Weston 

247. George Tucker, 381 Clark Side Road, London 

248. Geo. R. Clarke, Box 724, Arnprior 

249. L. W. Dipped, Box 40, Bowmanville 

250. Walter Hockney, 1542 Bruce Ave., Windsor 

251. W. I. Ross, Virginiatown 

252. Fred H. Osborne, 250 Shepherd St., Sarnia 

253. H. Vernon Ryerse, Box 489, Port Dover 

254. G. A. McDougald, P. O. Box 98, Dryden 

255. W. L. Young, R. R. No. 3, Tillsonburg 

256. E. A. Alexander, Box 695, Whitehorse, Y.T. 

257. Robt. G. Spears, Box 62, Espanola 



Grand First Principals /. oi the (wand Chaptei of 
Canada from 1857 to 1956 

•\\ M w son 

• rhompson Wilson 

•I . D. Harington 18! 

•John C. Francis 1861-2 

• i D Ifai Dgton 1863-4-5-6 

- 5-9-70-1 
•n ft. 1872 

•( D. Macdonel] 

• |.i>. VMiiour 

•I. H. Henderson l v " 

•F. I. Menet 1877-8 

•Daniel Spn 18i 

•Donald Ross 188 - 

♦H. Macpherson 188 

Mhos Sargant I88i 

•Rob. Hend^ Jr. 

•R. B. Hungerford 18 

•J. I. Mason 18 

•1 I Harding 18 - 

*J. Rn->< Roberwm ■ 

•M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

•Win. G. Reid 1899-1900 

•Wm Gibson r901-2 

•A. Shaw I 

•William Roai 1905-6 

•John Leslk 1907-8 

•George Moore 1909-10 

•Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

•Daniel 1 . MacWatt 1913-4 

•Wm. S, R. March 1915-16 

•A. 5, Gorrell. M.D 1917-18 

•Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

•H v Griffin, M.D 1921 

•Richard H. Spencer 1 

•Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

•Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

•Edwin Smith 1928-9 

•Walter G. Price. D.D.S 1930-1 

•Chas W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

•Alexander Cowan 1934 

•George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

•Wm. V. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40 

•John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951-2 

John A. M. Taylor 1953-4 

John L. House 1955-6 

Honorary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 

Grand Chapter of Canada 


Henrv Robertson 1888 

Lira Tullv 1891 

Hugh Murrav 1903 

Hairv H. Watson -1909 


*E. T. Malone 1919 

*A. T. Freed 1920 

•Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

•Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 

Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada 

•Thomas B. Harris 1857 

•R. P. Stephens 1874 

•Daniel Sprv 187 

•David McLellan 1878-91 

•Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

'George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

'Henrv T. Smith 1916-1928 

'Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

Fred J. Johnson 1949-1956 





Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Robt. N. McElhinney 69 Fuller Ave., Toronto 

Alberta R. V. E. Conover Box 717, Brampton 

Arizona Percy W. Rogers 144 Geoffrey St., Toronto 

Arkansas J. Howard Coleman 104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia 

British Columbia John A. Mackie 10 Reigate Road, Toronto 18 

California Don Calder .25 Edgar Ave., Toronto 

Colorado Dr. Chas. B. Parker .11 Yewfield Cresc, Don Mills, Toronto 

Connecticut Harvey J. Milne Kingston 

Delaware George W. Slack Uxbridge 

District of Columbia ..B. H. Smith 169 Dufferin Ave., Belleville 

Florida M. S. Gooderham 244 Inglewood Dr., Toronto 

Georgia E. T. Querney ....114 Hyland Ave., Sudbury 

Idaho F. A. McDiarmid 357 Waverley St., Ottawa 

Illinois J. W. Woodland ..595 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto 

Indiana A. L. Tinker .28 Anderson St., Toronto 

Iowa B. F. Nott North Bay 

Ireland R. W. E. McFadden 4 Hart St., Brantford 

Kansas A. P. Goering 102 West Ave. So., Hamilton 

Kentucky Rev. A. S. H. Cree Leamington 

Louisiana Jos. Carson .689 Colborne St., London 

Maine Edwin A. Cook Prescott 

Manitoba J. Earl Davidson 34 The Drive, Sault Ste. Marie 

Maryland Frank Todd .Cobalt 

Massachusetts A. J. Stringer 101 MacLean Ave., Toronto 

Michigan Fred W. Dean 244 Holton Ave. S., Hamilton 

Minnesota F. Carl Ackert 1 Lincoln Ave., Gait 

Mississippi H. T. C. Humphries 53 Clegg St., Ottawa 

Missouri Wm. J. Tow 16 St. Andrews Gardens, Toronto 

Montana E. J. McCleary Ottawa 

Nebraska W. S. M. Enouy 512 Brunswick Ave., Toronto 

Nevada Jos. Lofthouse, D.D Kenora 

New Brunswick A. Cavanagh 585 St. James St., London 

New Hampshire N. M. Sprague Trenton 

New Jersey G. H. Shannon .4 Queen St. N., Kitchener 

New South Wales Fred J. Johnson 400 Lake Promenade, Long Branch 

New Mexico Frank A. Copus Owen Sound 

New York John M. Burden 126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto 

New Zealand Dr. J. Austin Evans 309 Avenue Rd., Toronto 

North CaroKna Joseph Penman New Liskeard 

North Dakota J. L. Hewson 113 Gorevale Ave., Toronto 

Nova Scotia C. M. Pitts P. O. Box 374, Ottawa 

Ohio A. G. N. Bradshaw 655 Waterloo St., London 

Oklahoma Ed. Worth 32 Grand Ave. W., Chatham 

Oregon Wm. E. Tregenza 920 Mercer St., Windsor 

Pennsylvania John L. Houoe 14 Pearson Ave., Toronto 

Quebec J. A. M. Taylor R. R. No. 1, Hornby 

Queensland Neil A. MacEachem Waterloo 

Rhode Island E. H. Brennan Leamington 

Saskatchewan J. E. Girven 581 Weller St., Peterborough 

Scotland ...Alex. M. Hannah 167 Albertus St., Toronto 

South Carolina Herb. F. Thompson Kingston 

South Dakota D. C. Patmore 10 Maple Dr., R. R. No. 3, Orillia 

Tennessee Chas. Fotheringham 70 Brock St. E (Box 1035), Tillsonburg 

Texas W. E. Gowling Ottawa 

Utah Jas. T. Gilchrist .468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto 

Vermont Chas. H. Sheppard 1896 Delaware St., Niagara Falls 

Victoria Sydney G. Newdick 189 Marion St., Toronto 

Virginia Fred G. Smith 146 Broadway Ave., Ottawa 

Washington M. A. Searle Apt. 206-111 Oriole Parkway, Toronto 

Western Australia Wm. J. Shaw .49 Charlton Ave. E., Hamilton 

West Virginia T- B. Henderson R. R. No. 1, Essex 

Wisconsin Dr. S. Perlman 353 Bathurst St., Toronto 

Wyoming George Shute .426 Cartier Ave., Sudbury, Ont. 




Grand Chapter Name . Residence 

Vlabama Walter I". Estes 5:51 - 19th St. N , Birmingham 

Alberta F. S. Watson 9804- 112th St., Edmonton 

Arizona Harold J. Fulton 627 W. Central St., Coolidge 

Arkansas L. W . Williams P. O. Box 105, Osceola 

British Columbia A. R. Byrnell 1375 Kamloops St.. Vancouver 

California \ngus L. Ca\anagh 2032 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 

Colorado E. L. Bartholick 414 Equitable Bldg., Denver 

Connecticut C. J. Fairhurst Norwalk 

Delaware Nathaniel D. Rand 70S Nottingham Road, Wilmington 

District of Columbia ..Lucien G. Yung Apt. 201 -2803 Nicholson St., 

W. Hyattsville, Md. 

Florida H. J. Wendland 1019- 14th St. West, Bradenton 

Georgia T. B. Elfe 1301 Vineville, Macon 

Idaho Chas. Halting Payette 

[liinois Garland F. Thomas 6102 Dorchester Ave., Chicago 37 

Indiana William H. Baugh 601 1-1 6th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 

Iowa E. W. F. Holler Brooklyn 


Kansas Roy H. Clossen ...Coffeyville 

Kentucky \llen Earl Bell Moreland 

Louisiana \. Mcknight Tallulah 

Maine John G. Faas Benton Station 

Manitoba Frank W. Browned 82 McAdam Ave., Winnipeg 

Maryland Gerald M. Pine Denton 

Massachusetts W. F. Ciark 660 Belmont St., Watertown 

Michigan Arthur Burke 1721 - 16th St., Port Huron 

Minnesota C. A. Olsen 6121 Worden St., Duluth 

Mississippi Justin N. Jones Hatticsburg 

Missouri Chester Selby Lebanon 

Montana Marion A. Averill Box 254, Choteau 

Nebraska Donald L. Willhoite Superior 

Nevada Carl F. Dodge Fallon 

New Brunswick Edgar W. Mair Woodstock 

New Hampshire Alfred H. White .P. O. Box 148, Laconia 

New Jersey Dr. Godfrey Pittis Allendale 

New South W r ales H. B. Mathews Box 2968, N. W. Sidney 

New York Clifford A. McDonald Medina 

New Zealand Norman B. Spencer Box 315, Auckland, CI. 

New Mexico William L. Ranville 1515 Los Tomases Drive, N. W. 


North Carolina E. G. LaPatra 65 Vermont Ave., Asheville 

North Dakota Clifford E. Miller Fargo 

Nova Scotia P. S. Cochrane Wolfville 

Ohio ]. A. Gorham Box 276, Bellevue 

Oklahoma Frank E. Eldred R. F. D. No. 1, Drumright 

Pennsylvania Arthur L. Miller 1303 Arkansas Ave. Pittsburg 16 

Quebec Arthur J. Osgood 216 Lafayette St., Montreal S. 

Queensland L. T. Jobbins Queensland, Australia 

Rhode Island C. A. Southworth 208 Raleigh Ave., Pawtuckett 

Saskatchewan Lome Johnson 503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Scotland Rt. Hon. The Earl of Gallowav76 Queen St., Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina Wm. N. Bradford Sumter 

South Dakota Joseph Hansen Horley 

Tennessee R. H. Roney, Sr Newbern 

Texas J. O. Caruthers Box 151, Rosenberg 

Utah Herman L Bauer Salt Lake City 

Vermont Harry B. Springstead Bradford 

Victoria (Australia) ..Allen Grant 6 Secord Ave., East Kew, Melbourne 

Washington Andrew E. Solbcrg 1402 W. 854th St., Seattle 

Western Australia Wm. Henry Berry 209 Cambridge St., Wembley Park 

West Virginia C. C. McGhee Huntington 

Wisconsin Oscar E. Peterson 316 Oak St., Manasha 

Wyoming -Carl S. Gilbert Laramie 



Grand Chapter Name Residence 

Alabama Charles H. Stubinger Box 98, Mas. Temp., Montgomery 

Alaska S. C. Raynor 1207 - 8th Ave., Anchorage 

Alberta G.S.E. F. J. Hand 1717 - 28th Ave. S. W., Calgary 

Arizona Joseph A. E. Ivey Box 1488, Mass. Temp., Tucson 

Arkansas C. D. Hill 700 Scott St., Little Rock 

British Columbia G.S.E. E. B. Baker Room 103-603 W. Hastings St., Vancouver 

California Chester D. Newell Room 423, Masonic Temple, San Francisco 

Canada G.S.E. Fred J. Johnson Room 712, Temple Bldg., Toronto 

Colorado Harry W. Bundy Room 300, Mas. Temp., Denver 

Connecticut Bliss W. Clark Box 838, New Britain 

Delaware Marshall M. Carpenter Box 254, Wilmington 99 

District of Columbia ..R. N. Babcock 801-13th St. N. W., Mas. Temp. 


England G.S.E. Sir Sydney A. White ....Freemasons Hall, London, W.C. 

Florida John B. Phelps Box 283, Miami 

Georgia W. J. Penn, Jr S01 Mulberry St., Macon 

Idaho Edward H. Way Box 1753, Boise 

Illinois Edward E. Core Masonic Temple, Dixon 

Indiana .Charles Thomas Masonic Temple (Box 6), Marion 

Iowa Ross J. Gamblin Bullock Bldg., Atlantic 

Ireland ,.G.Reg. H. R. Shellard Freemasons Hall, Moleworth St., Dublin 

Kansas \. H. Strickland 320 West 8th St., Topeka 

Kentucky Chas. K. A. McGaughey Richmond Rd., R. R. No. 7, Lexington 

Louisiana Lee W. Harris Box 404, Masonic Temple, Alexandria 

Maine Earle D. Webster Masonic Temple, Portland 

Manitoba G.S.E. C. J. Hutchings 15 Crowson Bay, Fort Garry, Winnipeg 9 

Maryland Chas. H. Welden Masonic Temple, Baltimore 

Massachusetts W. F. Clark Box 209, Mas. Temp., Boston 16 

Michigan Roy Andrus Masonic Temple, Lansing 

Minnesota John H. Anderson Masonic Temple, St. Paul 2 

Mississippi Sid F. Curtis Meridian 

Missouri .Ray V. Denslow Trenton 

Montana Herbert F. Hasfeld 108 Grand St., Helena 

Nebraska Carl R. Greisen 401 Mas. Temp., 19th & Douglas, Omaha 

Nevada E. C. Peterson 500 Mountain St., Carson City 

New Brunswick G.S.E. Roy E. Crawford P. O. Box 184, St. John 

New Hampshire Hiram W. Johnson 3 Highland Ave., Antrim 

New Jersey Wm. Beck 269 Power St., New Brunswick 

New Mexico Elmer H. Rieman P. O. Box 6719, Roswell 

New South Wales F. R. Sinden Manchester Unity Bldg., 

160 Castlereigh St., Sydney 

New York George A. Lambert Mas. Temple, New York City 10 

New Zealand E. Cannons ...Box 1295, Wellington 

North Carolina L H. Parker Box 792, New Bern 

North Dakota Harold S. Pond Box 1269, Fargo 

Nova Scotia Gr.Sec. Harold F. Sipprell Box 555, Wolfville 

Ohio Henry Gruen 145 W. 6th St., E. Liverpool 

Oklahoma lames A. Lathin Mas. Temple, Muskogee 

Oregon Richard H. Tusant 1119 S. W. Park Ave., Portland 14 

Pennsylvania John C. F. Kitselman Masonic Temple, Philadelphia 

Quebec G.S.E. H. Pickering 1559 St. Mark St., Montreal 

Queensland (Australia) C. W. Coulter Box 425, F., Brisbane 

Rhode Island H. A. Reed 160 Grace St., Cranston 10 

Saskatchewan G.S.E. Alfred A. Wilson 2223 Rae St., Regina 

Scotland W. A. Laird 76 Queen St., Edinburgh 2 

South Carolina W. N. Bradford 901 Palmetto State Life Bldg., Columbia 1 

South Dakota Elvin F. Strain Box 468, Masonic Temple, Sioux Falls 

Tennessee T. E. Doss ■. 100-108 Seventh Ave. N., (Box 216), 

Nashville 2 

Texas .Frank Oldham P. O. Box 296, Waco 

Utah Bert Atwater Masonic Temple, Salt Lake City 

Vermont \aron H. Grout Masonic Temple, Burlington 

Victoria (Australia) ....Henry O. Thomas 164 Flinders St., Melbourne C.l 

Virginia Tames N. Hillman Masonic Temple, Richmond 20 

Washington Walter H. Steffey 4338 University Way, Seattle 5 

Western Australia Hugh C. Anderson 65 St. George's Terrace, Perth 

West Virginia Nelson S. Orkney P. O. Box 367, Webster Springs 

Wisconsin Ward A. Rowbottom 259 East Wells St., Milwaukee 2 

Wyoming Edward J. Treglown Box 1311, Casper 

General Grand ChapterRoscoe R. Walcutt 1605-8 East Broad St., Columbus 15, Ohio 

England-Wales Lt. Col. J. W. Chitty Mark Masons' Hall, 

(M.M.M.L'ge) 40 Upper Brook St., London W. 1 



ADDRESS (Report of Activities) OF GRAND Z. 17 



Report of Committee 83 



Members 95 

Report of Committee 72 


Amendments to Chapter By-Laws 27 


Grand Z. 28 

Report of Committee 91 


Dormant 27 

Inactive 27 





Committee on 96 

Committee Report 70 


Committee on 96 



Committee on 96 

Report (See Back of this Book) Appendix 


Annual: Toronto 7 


Warkworth 4 

Brighton 5 

St. Catharines 6 

Smiths Falls 6 


Report 11 







Committee on Award 96 

Report of Committee 83 


With Chapters 102 


Committee 127 

Report of Committee 84 


Report 83 



Members 83-92-95 



Members 95 

Report of 72 


Auditors' Report 58 


List of Names and Addresses 105 


Committee 96 

Report of Committee 75 


Opening 8 

Closing 93 

Call off 83 

Call on 83 


Address 17 

Report of Committee on 68 

Dinner 94 

Greetings Re Grand H. 50 

Visitations 18-19-20-21 


Elected Ill 

Honourary Ill 


Remarks 49 


List of 112-113 

Commissioned 25 

Recommended 25 

Roll Call 15 


Election 90 


List of, with Addresses 114 


Report of 54 

List of Names Ill 


Confirmation of Appointment 83 

Reports of 30-49 


Financial Statement 51 


Appointment to Committee 26 

Committee 96 

Report of Committee 91 








Committee on 

Report of Committee 


Special Committee 



Report of Committee 






Special Committee 


By Grand Z. (Conclusion) 





Past Grand First Principals 

Toronto Districts 

Committee on 




Grand Z. 
(Committee Reports Listed Under Committee) 

Grand Historian 

Grand Scribe E. 

Grand Superintendents 

Grand Treasurer 

Names and Addresses 





Financial Statement 

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[warrants and dispensations 

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Canada 1955 38 

Chapters 19 

Charity 29 

Conditions of the Rite 10 

Decisions 34 

Degree Work 25 

De Molay 35 

Dispensations 36 

Education 16 

Foreign Relations 40 

Foreword 4 

General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 1954 32 

Grand Representatives 33 

In Memoriam 12 

Leaders and Leadership 21 

Life Memberships 33 

Long Live The Queen 36 

Masonry and the Military 45 

Membership 24 

Non Payment of Dues 26 

Public Schools 34 

Recognition 31 

Royal Arch 5 

Royal Arch Festivals 37 

Rulings and Dispensations 35 

The Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 37 

The Most Excellent Masters Degree 41 

What's in a Name 51 

World Conditions 9 

York Rite Festivals 36 

Youth 34 





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New Brunswick 


15-29 New Hampshire 

26-37 New Jersey 

20 New York 

5-17-38 New Zealand 

18-27 North Carolina 

6 North Dakota 

11-29 Nova Scotia 

14 Ohio 

20 Oklahoma 

9 Oregon 












27 Pennsylvania 28-31-34-36 

14-25 Quebec 24-39 

9 Rhode Island 25-35 

28-30-32 Saskatchewan 17-35 

24-30 Scotland 10-12 

14-29 South Carolina 15 

26 South Dakota 7-13 

19 Tennessee 18-19-30 

7-38 Texas 26-27-30-35 

22 Utah 22 

16-21-30 Vermont 16-24 

29-35 Victoria 7-9-33-36 

15 Virginia 12-15 

7-10-24 Washington 6-34 

34 West Australia 9-11 

37 West Virginia 20 

38 Wisconsin 23-29-33-35 


in the 

Four Divisions of the Globe 




Most Excellent Companion, Colonel R. V. Conover, O.B.E., V.D., P.G.Z. 


To The Most Excellent, The Grand First Principal, Officers and members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

It is again a very great pleasure to present this review of the proceedings 
.of fifty seven Grand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons throughout the globe. It 
is regretted that the proceedings of Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico, Wyoming 
and Queensland were not received. 

As has been the custom the review is presented in three parts. The first 
part consists of extracts from the various proceedings under headings which 
are indexed. 

The second part of the review consists of complete articles under the titles 
"The Excellent Master's degree", "Masonry and the Military" and "What's in a 
Name (The York Rite)". Your attention is drawn to the following interesting 
and instructive articles and printed addresses. "Safer than a known way", Nova 
Scotia 1955: "Short History of the Grand Chapter or Indianna", proceedings 
1954: "Why I am a Freemason", proceedings of Nevada 1955: "The beginnings 
of Royal Arch Masonry in New York", proceedings 1955: "Peace Love and 
Unity", proceedings Colorado 1954: "The Human element in Freemasonry", 
proceedings Oregon 1954: "Royal Arch and the Bible" and "The report of the 
Committee of History and research" in the proceedings of Massachusetts 1954: 
These articles are informative and worthy of inclusion in any Masonic Library. 
It is regretted that space in these proceedings prevented their publication. 

The statistical table is an attempt in cold figures to show the direction 
Royal Arch Masonry appears to be travelling. Eleven Grand Chapters show 
a net loss in members. While some Grand High Priests and Grand First 
Principals congratulate their jurisdictions that the loss was not as great as it 
was last year the trend seems to be towards smaller numbers of exaltations in 
most jurisdictions, Although 34,607 candidates were exalted, 3,167 members were 
lost through demits and resignations and 7,934 were lost through suspensions 
for non-payment of dues. 11,101 Royal Arch Masons, in the words of the Grand 
High Priest of Pennsylvania, "lost interest in our work and the very principles 
for which we stand". When it is noted that 32 of the Grand Chapters on this 
continent have less than ten thousand members this depletion in our numbers 
is shocking. We are losing the equivalent of one Grand Chapter each year. 

It is quite true that some of this loss can be attributed to an attempt on 
the part of some chapters to clear up an accumulation of arrears of dues. In 
one or two jurisdictions changes in the economic situation by shifting of a 
portion of population by industral changes has also contributed to an increase 
in the number of demits. Yet the financial prosperity of this continent has 
never been higher. Employment is at its highest peak in history. Standards of 
living are such that luxuries of every kind are available to all. Despite these 
factors some leaders of the Royal Craft appear to believe that it is financial 
stringency that is responsible for suspensions for non-payment of dues, even in 
jurisdictions where in many chapters the annual dues are less than five dollars 
per annum. Other leaders attribute this loss in members to careless or indifferent 
secretaries and other responsible officers of the constituent chapters. 

Hoodwinked l>\ the chimera o\ securing nev> members b) am and ever} 
means such .is intensive canvassing to till classes Eoi festivals, reunions or Held 
days, dispensations to permit reception and balloting on the same stated convoca 
turn, the Ranks of the Royal \uli have been idled to overflowing by thousands 
of Indifferent, not interested companions who are only using The Royal Arch 
as a stepping stone to SO called higher degrees or those who are merely curious 
about oni ceremonies. Royal Vrch Masonry should be considered the completion 
o! a craft mason's masonic knowledge and experience. II more care were 
exercised 1>\ investigation committees, more use made of the ballot so that 
c|iialit\ and not quantity were to become the slogan there- would be feuei 
suspensions. Human beings seem to value only those- things which are cosily in 
time, in effort and in value. Stop making Royal Arch Masonry (heap, and eas\ , 
and the caieless. the indifferent will not join merely to wear a Royal \nli 

The forword of the Report of Correspondence for Virginia has this. "Our 
British Companions along with other bodies in Britain seem to have "an in- 
definite something" which constitutes the secret of continued progress even 
when masonry in other parts of the world suffers temporary set backs". 

It is with more than usual pleasure that the many 'pats on the back' from 
a number of reviewers is acknowledged with gratitude and thanks. Companions 
I am grateful for your friendly and interesting comments on previous reviews. 

It is a pleasure to extend a welcome to M.E. Companion Frank A. Roopke 
of the (hand Chapter of Kentucky who presented "The doings of other Grand 
Chapters". His discerning eye has discovered and his versatile pen has recorded 
all that is worthy of comment in the various proceedings that have been brought 
to his attention. 

Ibis review has been printed and distributed to all those who are in 
attendance at this Grand Chapter. Your comments and criticisms are eagerly 


British Columbia (1953) 

The Grand First Principal said: 

"Companions, for more than two centuries Freemasonry, as we know it, 
has pursued its peaceful way alone. It has sought no public acclaim, it has 
asked no help from outside its circle; it has permitted the world to think what 
it may about its objectives and its works. 

After all, the greatest influence of Masonry in the world is the silent 
elocpient influence of character. Nearly every man here if asked directly would 
admit that he was drawn to Masonry by the quality of its men; therefore 
companions, it behooves us to keep up the standards which have been so care- 
fully dedicated to us by those sterling old forebears of the past, for whom w r e 
have the greatest admiration." 

North Dakota (1955) 

The Grand Higli Priest conduded his address thus: 

"To my way of thinking Masonry is a symbolic term. It means high moral 
standards, patriotic devotion to country, progress in all things, loyalty to family, 
reverence to God, and the development of our soul. Each year should see us 
advance to a better and more noble life well expressed in the following lines: 

"Build thee more stately mansions O my soul, 

As the swift seasons roll ! 

Leave thy low vaulted past 

Let each new temple, nobler than the last. 

Shut thee from heaven with a dome more vast, 

Till thou are at last free. 

Leaving thine outgrown shell by Life's unresisting sea". 

Colorado (1954) 

The Grand Chaplain said: 

"Our strength is in small groups of people, small groups of Royal Arch 
Masons, meeting in the small towns, not only in the small hamlets, in these 
United States and in every part of the world where Freemasonry is still free to 
function. We have a common purpose. Freemasonry holds before us a great 
big ideal and it challenges us to reach that ideal. Freemasonry lifts us out of 
ourselves, out of our petty ways, binds us together in unity. Our strength is 
in unity. The old psalmist of Israel was right when he said, 'Behold how good 
and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.' He could have said 
for brethren to dwell in peace, in love and in unity." 

Washington (1955) 

The Croud Orator expressed this thought: 

"In our Royal Arch Chapters we are responsible for and enjoy the same 
privileges as we do in our other walks of life. We elect by ballot our three 
principal officers, and then we must help them to the best of our ability. Theirs 
' is the responsibility to lead, ours the obligation to follow. T hey have promised 
to ride and govern with dignity, moderation and decorum. We have agreed to 
support them to the fullest extent. Thus we have that noble contention of who 
best can work and best agree. If the High Priest puts forth every effort to see 
that the degree work is correctly and properly done, that the flag of our 
country is presented at every opening, that the business is transacted with 
dispatch, and all introductions properly made, then the junior officers may 
learn all of the work contained in the ritual, and the forms and ceremonies. 
But if those who lead do not insist that all work be properly done, that all 
ceremonies be observed then the respect and admiration they had hoped for will 
not be theirs. As part of your obligation in the M. M. Degree:— I will select for 
myself a Mark- 
Now as Royal Arch Masons, we are responsible for that mark. Symbolicly 
it becomes a mark of character, integrity, ability and good conscientious effort 
to the craft, or it becomes a mark of inability, lassitude or careless indifference. 
This is the mark we place on our every act and by it we are known." 

New Zealand (1955) 

The newly installed First Grand Principal asked: 

"It interests me to speculate from time to time on the way in which our 
order attracts and holds the devotion of men of very different personalities 
and characteristics. What is the secret of this attraction? I ask myself. To 
begin with, there is the social side, the fraternal spirit which has a strong appeal 
to most, if not all of us. As our members are fewer than in the Lodges, our 
contacts are more intimate, the brotherly spirit amongst us is less diffused and 
in consequence this brotherly tie that binds us is, in general, stronger. But 
valuable and indispensable as is the social link, it is far from being the most 
important part of Royal Arch Freemasonry. By all means let us at all times 
foster and strengthen it, for it is the cement which holds us together, but as 
the cement which binds the stones and bricks of a noble building does not 
make the building, so sociability and friendship do not constitute the Royal 

Who were the compilers over two hundred years ago and maybe three, of 
that sublime allegory we call the Royal Arch degree— we do not know. It is 
unlikely we shall ever know. Whether they were few or many, when or where 
their inspiration came, we cannot tell, but we do know that they were men 
inspired to set forth in allegorical form, the universal age-old drama of the 
conflict between the material and spiritual aspects of man's nature. The Craft, 
after teaching us how to live, finally instructs us how to die. Then, turning 
from the material to the spiritual, the Royal Arch teaches the purest and most 
sublime piety and the most exalted ideas of God." 

Mississippi ( 1955) 

The (>xt)i<l Lecturei pointed out: 

"We look back on one hundred and ten years ol continuous activity in 
our State, in Royal \kIi Masonry, and in a few instances can point with some 
pride to the accomplishments thai have been made in the past generation, and 
with the greatest humility thank the (.real Architect of the Universe for having 
looked with favor on our labors as a Royal Craft. \\ e also point with pride to 
the accomplishments ol om forefathers. With the almost insurmountable handi- 
caps the) had i<> overcome in order to gel from one place to another, and 
especially to the (.rand Chaptei Convocation once in each year, our travels in 
our own modem limousines seem pnn\ indeed. Yet these ancestors of ours saw 
something in Royal Arch Masonry which the foundling lathers of two hundred 
thirty years ago intended to be seen. The) saw a branch of Masonry which has 
a more direct connection with actual Scripture than most of the other Degrees 
ol Freemasonry; the) saw a great amount of spiritual good to be gleaned from 
.1 siud\ of this most interesting part of Masonry; the) saw an opportunit) to 
continue their fellowship with others interested in the same study, a fellowship 
and friendship which began with their first entrance into Craft Masonry. Some- 
times we are prone to wonder just how much good our lore-fathers would have 
accomplished if suddenl) the) had been given paved toads and fine automobiles 
to travel from place to place. Perhaps they would have done no more than 
our companions of the present day. It would seem, however, thai with the 
possibilities that lie within eas\ reach of main of our chapters in this modern 
age-, the) need to begin to branch out more, and put forth a definite, con- 
centrated effort to bring more Master Masons into the fold of the Chapter." 

Victoria (1954) 

The First Croud Principal stated: 

"The Holy Royal Arch, as an Order, abstains strictly from partisan politics 
and refrains from the consideration or adoption of resolutions respecting con- 
troversial issues; but it stands pledged, and its Companions, stand pledged, to a 
steadfast loyalt) to the Government and the laws of our country, and as such 
it receives the devotion of ever) Free mason. Our Constitution is based upon the 
broad principles of government, and principles have ever been greater than 
men. Freemasonry recognises the principle that the laws enacted by society are 
for the purpose of increasing the welfare and happiness of all the people and 
this principle is embodied in the Constitution of the Commonwealth. It is 
our protection as a free people against despotism and tyranny in any form. 
Wherever in the world today the principles of free government have perished 
and autocratic rule prevails, Freemasonry has been submerged or destroyed. The 
eminent historian, Fronde, told us that 'History is a voice for ever sounding 
across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter,' he wrote, 
"manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the 
tablets of eternity.' " 

South Dakota (1954) 

The Grand High Priest said: 

"A truth, no matter how beautiful, that is believed and not lived, is only 
half a truth." In that case, we must not only believe in Royal Arch Masonry, 
but make it a part of our every day life." 

Manitoba (1952) 

The i.rand First Principal said: 

"Companions, this ends the most wonderful year in my experience in 
Masonry, truly the copestone in a structure that to me has opened up a new 
understanding of what that (beat Intellect, the Creator of all that which is 
around us, has given us landmarks to follow as a way ol life to live by, and a 
diuctive to study and apply that learning, that we may grow in knowledge not 

only of the physical forces, He has placed here for our use, but in recognizing 
them and understanding their many uses and the means of application. May 
wc also endeavor to visualize that wonderful Intelligence that made all this 
possible and bow our heads in humility and reverence." 

New Zeland (1955) 

The First Grand Principal concluded: 

"Companions, let me reiterate the theme of my inaugural address last 
year— that we should endeavour to become better-informed Masons and more 
enlightened citizens. Many problems are arising in this country, and elsewhere, 
that cry out for solution. The success with which they are attacked will be 
exactly in proportion to our understanding and knowledge of them and our 
preparation and ability to cope with them. On the night of our Initiation we 
solemnly declared that we sought admission from a sincere wish to render our- 
selves more extensively serviceable to our fellow men. The possession of a few 
estimable virtues, and the passive influence of a blameless life, however credit- 
able these things may be, connote a sort of negative attitude towards society 
which effects little progress or penetration. We can fulfil our declaration only 
by manifesting active interest in those things which so vitally affect the lives 
and happiness of our people. 

Some look to Governments, some to Churches, to evolve a new order of 
things; but it must be evident to any thinker that these institutions, as such, 
can do nothing— nothing at all— any more than Freemasonry. It is the members 
of these bodies who must carry out the work of the moral rehabilitation of 
society. The only influence that can emanate from any body or society of men 
is that of the individual members, yours and mine. I cannot here enlarge on 
methods of more effectively exerting the enormous potential of Freemasonry. 
But if, in this country, we can successfully lower the incidence of the undesirable 
things and awaken social consciousness and pride, there is a possibility that by 
intelligent planning and co-operation we can build up a sound, healthy society 
which will be an example for the rest of the world to follow. It can be effected 
only by the efforts of earnest, determined, well-balanced individuals who will 
not permit the intrusion of politics, who are free from bigotry and narrowness, 
and whose aim is not to regulate or regiment but to try to make people health 
conscious, physically and mentally, and to build up self-respect, pride, and 
individual and national integrity." 

Oregon (1955) 

From the Grand Orator's address this is quoted: 

"It is the inner and not the external qualifications which recommend a 
man. He must be free-born and under the tongue of good report. Masonry 
welcomes to its doors and admits to its privileges worthy men of all classes, 
creeds and colors. It does not dictate as to religion. It takes all men by the 
hand and leading them to its altar, would point to the open Great Light he 
shall find therein. 

The Great Light does not always mean the King James version of the 
Bible. There are seven different sacred books recognized by the Grand Lodge 
of England, which Grand Lodge we in turn recognize. They are: 

1. The Holy Bible as we know it for the Christian and the Jew. 

2. The Vedas of the Hindus. 

3. The Tripataka of the Buddha. 

4. The Koran of the Mohammedans. 

5. The Toa Teh King or Bible of the Taohists, said to have been revealed 
five centuries before the birth of Christ. 

6. The Book of Confucias. 

7. The Zend Avesta or the Living Word of the Magian religion. 

Several lodges in India have as many as four of these sacred books on the 
altar at the same time." 


Western Australia ( 1955) 
/ i Deputy First Grand Principal said: 

"Nations <>i the world have grown immensely since, and with this growth 
the complexity ol life's problems has multiplied, but, basically, one ma\ be 
justified in asking whether human nature has changed, and whether the 
solution ol our own national problems— perhaps international ones too— would 
not be hastened b) an inspired write] or fearless orator as portrayed in our 
ceremony. Inspiration and conviction, however, tan onrj come from a sincere 
beliel in justice, effectiveness and strength of the cause we eschew. 

Nlasomx docs not live in doubt as to the standards around which our 
actions should resolve oi be tested and judged. Almost even exhortation, simile 
01 observation stresses the pre-eminence and performance oi spiritual standards, 
the determination ol which should precede material considerations." 

New Jerse) (1955) 

The Grand High Priest stated: 

"In these times the one great threat to all the principles for which we 
stand is that of totalitarianism, a form of philosophy that assumes that there 
is one authority over all life and denies sovereign rights to all others. It is 
significant that where-ever totalitarianism exists there are no individual rights, 
no freedom of religon, or educaton, no democratic process and consequently no 
Freemasonry. It is important and necessary that we prove ourselves worth) ol 
the precious heritage that has come down to us by the service and sacrifice of 
those ol the past." 

India una (1954) 

The (-xind High Priest points out: 

"With all of the contusion in this old world of ours, it is the duty of ever) 
Royal \ich Mason, to strive to promote and preserve the ideals of Capitular 
Masonry, and see that our lives measure up to the teachings of the Supreme 
High priest ol Heaven and Earth, and that we live up to the principles of our 
Order and ma\ we always practice the Golden Rule." 

Victoria (1954) 

The Firsi Grand Principal also points out: 

"In these da\s of last changing world conditions, in our social and economic 
conditions, and even religion, the times are changing so quickly that we can 
hardly keep up wth them. We have only to pick up the morning papers to see 
the mam difficulties with which our Brethren are concerned in other jurisdic- 
tions, particularly in foreign parts; where the Grand Master of Masons in one 
of the largest European countries was thrown into prison and died there 
because he was a (hand Master; when a dictator with the stroke of a pen could 
abolish Mason r) from the borders of one of the largest nations of the world. 
The leaders ol the Order believe that Masonry has been facing a very serious 
condition. I here has never been a time in its history when it was so essential 
that the Masonic Fraternity should be as closely connected and work as closcl) 
in harniom as at the present time." 

Florida (1954) 

The Grand High Priest closed his address thus: 

"We are building clay by day in a good or evil way, 
'And the structure as it grows will our inmost selves disclose: 
fill in every arch and line all our faults and virtues shine. 
We can build a castle grand or a wreck upon the sand. 

Do you ask what building this that can show both pain and bliss. 

I hat can he both dark and fail . I o ! 
Its name is CHARAC I ER. 

I hen build it well whate'er you do. build it straight and strong 

and true, 
Build it dean and high and broad, build it for the eye <>f God." 


Mississippi (1955) 

The Grand High Priest concluded his address thus: 

"As the two great divisions of world power continue from day to day to 
boast ot their superiority in the field of atomic and hydrogen bombs, and ol 
their ability to retaliate swiftly and effectively to annihilate an enemy or 
destroy a nation, we are comforted by the knowledge that there is One to whom 
we may turn with faith, whether experiencing the awfulness of an atomic war, 
or enjoying the peaceful existence we so much desire. So I close with a quotation 
from a message which the late King George gave to his people at Christmas 

'I said to a man who stood at the gate of the year,' 'Give me a light that L 
may tread safely into the unknown,' and he replied 'Go out into the darkness 
and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than a 
light and safer than a known way.' " 

Scotland (1954) 

The First Grand Principal advises: 

These are undoubtedly anxious days. The shadow of the hydrogen bomb 
hangs heavih over the whole globe. 

What can we as Freemasons do to help to disperse and dissipate that 
terrible shadow? Possibly nothing very much directly. It may be, however, that 
we can indirectly make our contribution to the removal of that spirit of hatred 
and mutual distrust which bedevils the relations existing between the nations 
in this terrible twentieth century. Our Order is rounded on the principles of 
Brotherly Love, Tolerance, and Understanding. It is. undoubtedly, a very 
great force for the promotion of reason and stability. Freemasonry is, I under- 
stand, forbidden in the Soviet Union, as it is also, no doubt, in the satellite 
countries. Nevertheless, if we all make a determined effort to carry our 
principles into our daily lives the Great Architect of the Universe may in His 
goodness and wisdom find the means of carrying them behind the Iron Curtain, 
and disseminating that spirit of Brotherly Love which will at length bring that 
lasting peace longed for so passionately by the whole of mankind. 

Companions, Freemasonry is also founded on prayer. Prayer permeates 
every masonic degree. It is a very great force indeed. Tennyson was right 
when he told us that 'more things are wrought by prayer than this world 
dreams of. Therefore, Companions, may I make this suggestion to all Royal 
Arch Masons on this day of my third installation as First Grand Principal of 
Scotland, that we should all make a special daily private prayer to the Great 
Architect of the Universe, praying not only that Ave ourselves may live up to 
our Masonic principles, but that these principles may seep behind the Iron 
Curtain and penetrate and govern the entire world. Companions, if that prayer 
is granted, I feel that many of our fears and uncertainties today will disappear." 



From the report of the Committee on Royal Arch Advancement we quote: 

'"Royal Arch Masonry has made a great advancement during the past 
triennium. Two new Grand Chapters have been formed. The Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch Masons of Alaska, and the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of 
the Republic of the Philippines. New subordinate chapters have been instituted 
in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Germany and Italy. Several new chapters have been 
added in both Alaska and the Philippines which adds strength to Royal Arch 
Masonry in these two new Grand Chapters, so at this triennial we can truly 
report that the sun never sets on Royal Arch Masonry affiliated with the 
General Grand Chapter. 


Royal Mch Advancement in the United States has certainly been varied 
among the various (.Kind Chapters. Certain Grand Chapters have shown a 
steady and material gain during the last si\ years, while others are either jnsi 
holding their own or have shown a loss. Georgia siin Leads all (.rand Chapters 
and has shown the largest gain in membership, both in numbers and in percent 
of gain. Ohio is still our largest Grand Chapter with .1 membership June 30, 
1954, oi 65,107. Several Grand ( hapters have shown a sharp come-back during 
the past si\ years. Vmong these are Oklahoma and Alabama. Several (.rand 
Chapters arc celebrating theii centennial anniversar) in 1954 and have special 
programs under wa\ to materially enlarge their membership during the year. 
\mong these are ( alifornia and Iowa." 

( anadian (.rand Chapters 

It is noticeable that out Canadian Companions in all three Grand Chapters 

show a substantia] stead) gain each year. In one of these (.rand Chapters there 
was onl) 25 between their largest and smallest gain in the past six years. This 
type of gain is tilth healthy, for, as these Provinces grow and prosper, so will 
Royal Vrch Masonry grow and prosper in each (.rand Chapter. 

SUBORDIN VI 1. CHAP! IK: We recommend that charters be granted to 
rokyo Chapter and Mi. Injii Chapter in Japan; also to Costa Rica Chapter 
and Guatemala Chapter, h\ the General (.rand High Priest and the General 
(.rand Secretary, over the seal ol this General (.rand Chapter, when all legal 
requirements have been complied with upon the approval ol the Committee 
on Chatters and Dispensations.'' 

Oklahoma (1955) 

The Grand High Priest reported: 

"That 18 of the hi chapters in the jurisdiction were active and doing 
excellent work, that 17 are getting along fairly well but have to have some 
help with their work and that the remainder were unable to confer degrees 
and might he called dormant. "He issued general order number I, creating 
eleven (.rand Officers' districts, assigned each Grand Officer of the (.rand 
Chaptei as the officer in charge over the district in which he resided. Each 
(.rand Officer was charged to co-operate with the District Deputy Grand High 
Pries! and do everything in his power for the advancement of Masonry in his 
disiiict." The report of the committee on distribution concurred in this action 
ol the (-rand High Priest. 

West Virginia (1954) 

The Grand Hi^h Priest said: 

"From a stud) of the various reports, our Constituent Chapters are in good 
condition. I he fact that we show a net gain of 53 for the year is somewhat 
encouraging. Our greatest loss was 216 by death, over which only the Supreme 
High Priest has control. Our next 14-1 by suspension, for which no remedy 
lias been found. 

Our Exaltations were 398, which is almost lour percent ol our total 
membership oi our grand total of 10,545. 

I do not advocate an aggressive campaign for new members, but 1 do believe 
it is the responsibility of ever) Royal Arch Mason to be ever on the alert, and 
to place before the qualified Master Mason the advantages of Royal Arch 
Masoni \ . 

I hen with an impressive and enthusiastic ceremony the interest and loyalty 
ol our present membership will he strongly in evidence and the desirability of 
becoming a Royal Arch Mason will become apparent to all who are eligible." 

Connecticut (1955) 

The Grand High Priest said: 

"It is with regret that I must report a loss of Membership lor the yeai 
ending. Howevei as we all pledge our allegiance to the Grand Lodge, it behooves 

us to live up to that pledge, and In so doing. I have asked all (hapters in 0111 


jurisdiction to verify their membership with the Blue Lodge, to bring their 
own Companions up to date on dues and yet not forget to extend charity where 
necessary. This has been done and although we have suffered a greater loss 
than anticipated, 1 do believe we are in a more healthy condition." 

Scotland (1955) 

M.E.Comp. Lieut-Col, Moore T.M.P. said: 

"Since partition of the Indian Sub-continent in 1947 and the birth of 
Pakistan t he road of progress in Royal Arch Freemasonry has not been an easy 
one, but there is in Pakistan a sufficient number of good Royal Arch Masons 
to ensure that any foundation will be well and truly laid. In 1947, owing to 
the general exodus of Hindoos and Sikhs, almost complete chaos existed, due 
to the political and religious frenzy which ran high at that time some of the 
bodies lost all their records due to civil disturbances. It is perhaps difficult 
for you, Companions, to fully understand this upheavel, but, as ever, patience 
and time have done much to heal the wounds, and when I left Pakistan a 
year ago Chapters were making steady progress. The chapter of which I have 
the honour of being a Past Principal has still a predominance of European 
Companions. Steady progress is being maintained. Other chapters in Quetta 
and Karachi have a fair sprinkling of Europeans who, together with their 
Asiatic Companions will continue to maintain the fine standards of Scottish 

Virginia (1955) 

From the Foreword of Fraternal Correspondence report this is quoted: 

"In general we note that, outside of the United States and one or two 
Canadian Grand Chapters, progress in Capitual Masonry so far as the increasing 
numbers of Chapters and members is concerned continues more or less un- 
abated. The most active and flourishing Grand Chapters in this respect are 
those of England, Scotland and Ireland. Our British Companions, along with 
the other Masonic bodies in Britain, seem to have an "indefinable something", 
which constitutes the secrets of continued progress even when masonry in other 
parts of the world suffers temporary setbacks. We have never been able to 
put our finger precisely upon the reason for this fact — but fact it remains 
nonetheless. We wish that American Masons might also discover this "secret". 
We are convinced that it would mean a great deal to them in the passage of 
the vears." 


North Carolina (1955) 

From the Report of Committee on Necrology we quote: 

"Once again we hear the muffled drums! 

Once again we hear the tread of the Reaper as God, the Father beckons 

to our beloved who only yesterday worked with us, sang with us, broke 

bread and sipped wine with us; who sympathized with us in our sorrows and 
rejoiced with us at our joys. At this hour we mourn for them, because they 
were all dear to us and to the various communities in which they lived. We 
have lost their wise council, their cheering countenance, their presence here 
and the inspiration they brought to the fraternity we love and cherish. How- 
ever, we have faith in God; that He is infinitely wise, just, merciful and loving. 
We have faith in all the teachings of the varous bodies and orders of Masonry, 
and by that faith we are sure because we know, when that Great Day comes 
for each of us, we will then see and understand that perfect symmetry, proportion 
and harmony of all the works of God and will comprehend the great mystery 
by which He governs all that is, all that was, and all that is to be. 

We are grateful that they are no longer in the embrace of pain and 
suffering but are at peace in His everlasting arms. We rejoice that suffering 


ran no longer be their portion. It is man clous to us (hat their bitter travail 
could make DO impress ol bitterness in them; that no spirit of resentment or 
complaint could find room lor lodgment in their hearts. May the remembrance 
of their courage be a source <>i courage i<» us — and as the coming days turn into 
years for us may the joys and sorrows which have been so mixed in our days 
together serve to deepen our lives in the service of Christian Knighthood. Let 
the remembrance ol the constancy of their love serve to lighten the burdens 
toward which we shall be drawn and may the hope and expectation which 
dwelled in them dwell within us so that in times of trial we will not falter 
because of loneliness and self-doubt. Ma\ we from their friendship learn the 
\ast richness of that word. 

Greatness docs uol die. Faithful wives and children, their countless friends, 
and we their brethren, know that such life preserves, such values, are preserved, 
such love endures forevermore .... So our tribute resolutely turn from grief. 
Their da) of flesh was nobly done, the day of their immortal souls but well 
begun. With firmer and with freer hand, they yet work with us." 

South Dakota (1954) 

The Grand High Priest said: 

"It is hard to write on the death of a friend, 

Or portray the light of his smile, 

But with all it implies, we can lovingly tell, 

He was a man, a Mason, and a friend worthwhile." 

Oregon (1954) 

The Report of the Committee on Memorials included: 

"It is altogether proper that we should remember that while we are ordinary 
human beings and Masonic brethren in times of bereavement and commemora- 
tion, we need to remember that we are sons of the Living and eternal God. 
He who created this vast Universe is not so absorbed that he forgets his highest 
creatures — man. In fact, He has put a time limit on our bodies, but He has set 
eternity in our souls. We are immortal! Our destiny is eternal! Our Brethren 
are now among the immortals! In themselves they oft felt limited and un- 
important. But all along, the eternal God was their Father. They have entered 
into companionship with Him. John Chadwick has expressed this sentiment 

'It singeth low in every heart, 

We hear it, each and all 

A son of those who answer not, 

However we may call; 

They throng the silence of the breast, 

We see them as of yore, 

The kind, the brave, the true, the sweet, 

Who walk with us no more. 

'Tis hard to take the burden up, 

When these have laid it down: 

They brightened all the days of life, 

They softened every frown; 

But o 'tis good to think of them, 

When we are troubled sore, 

Thanks be to God that such have been, 

Though they are here no more. 

More homelike seems the vast unknown, 

Since they have entered there: 

To follow them were not so hard, 

Wherever they may fare, 

They cannot be where God is not, 

On any sea or shore: 

Whate'er betides, Thy love abides, 

Our God: Forevermore' ". 


Delaware (1955) 

From the Report of Memorial Committee again we quote: 

"As we contemplate life we are constantly reminded of the definite rhythm 
of what happens. There is winter and summer, man and woman, light and 
darkness, sunshine and rain. All of these contrasts are essentials in the scheme 
of growth, in the life that we live. 

There is also the rhythm of the Infinite Life and Death. Just as it is 
necessary in life to have the contrasts which make its rhythm that of a great 
symphony so in God's great purpose we also must have death as a contrast to life. 

If we could live forever here on this earth, how then could we experience 
the joy of eternal life? So God in His infinite wisdom says 'It is enough, come 
up higher.' 

The parting and the suffering incident thereto are in many ways similar 
to our entrance into life. The mother suffers the pains of childbirth to bring 
us into the world. Is there too much strange about the fact that when we leave, 
there is likewise suffering? 

We often question the timing of the fulfilment of God's plan. There again 
it is a mystery to us as is the mystery of our entrance into life. 

Our Companions have passed from life to death. Just as surely will they 
pass from death to life eternal. The rhythm of our existence is then complete, 
we have blended our spirits with the spirit of God — 'the last of life, for which 
the first was made.' 

God give us the wisdom to accept Thy will, believing in the ultimate 
triumph of Thy love. 

Our Heavenly Father has reaped an unusually fine harvest during the year 
just past. We have lost — while He has gained." 

Kentucky (1954) 

From the Necrology Report this is taken: 

"They were our Companions. They had wrought in the same quarries, 
received the same wages and met the same fate that will eventully befall us. 
Their passing re-minds us that as the sands in the glass soon measure the period 
of an hour, so the moments of our existence soon wing away the season of life. 
That which is short is constantly becoming shorter until the waves of time 
are swallowed by the billows of Eternity. 

'I have but Thee, My Father! Let Thy Spirit 
Be with me then to comfort and uphold; 
No gate of pearl, no branch of palm I merit, 
Nor street of shining gold. 

'Suffice it if— my good and ill unreckoned, 

And both forgiven through Thy abounding grace — 

I find myself by hands familiar beckoned 

Unto my fitting place.' 

Idaho (1955) 

The Report of the Committee on Necrology had this thought: 

"For us, who are traveling on the level of time, death must come. For the 
families and friends of those who have passed we have the deepest sympathy 
and we share with them in their grief and loss. Though the workings of the 
Supreme Grand Master of the Universe, Ruler of Heaven and Earth may seem 
devious and at times unjust, we must recognize death as a necessary and bene- 
ficient part of the Divine Plan, and we must be sustained and soothed by an 
unfaltering trust in the wisdom of our Lord in His doings and a faith in His 


South Carolina (1955) 
/;; Memoriam: 

"Thus we see a beautiful, l>us\ life of service vanish beyond the horizons 
to the land of immortals. Sacred will be his memory to those of us who have 
known and been associated with him. Those who have been denied this 
privilege, some of whom are yel unborn, will be blessed because he lived and 
labored in our State. I nil) this man's life has not been lived in vain and 
because of him the world will be a better place in which to live. 
' 1 o the promised land our friend has gone, 
I o the land of perfect rest: 
I lis work is done and llie setting sun 

Has sealed his Life's request. 

He lias left this earthly strand 
Tor the house beyond the sea, 
I hough he is gone, he will still live on 
Sweet in our memory.' " 

Minnesota (1955) 

The Committee on Necrology advises: 

" 1 heir going challenges us to gird ourselves about and put on the full 
armour of righteousness and justice for all men everywhere. May we, as members 
of the Royal \reh. accept the challenge and go forth with the Supreme Grand 
High Priest to more noble and glorious tasks of making this world what the 
Creator of all men intended it should be. May we be able to say I have fought 
a good fight, I have finished the task assigned and am ready to be called to 
a higher calling, a service with Him in the interest of all mankind around the 

Virginia (1955) 

The Grand High Priest said: 

"Whatever spiritual knowledge and brotherly love they may have gained 
while travelling the rugged paths of life and by their membership in this 
Grand Chapter they must now 7 lay on the spiritual Trestle board, trusting always 
that the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts while 
sojourning with us will now meet the approbation of the Grand Overseer and 
that he afford them a new r body, as it pleases Him in the Celestial Realm." 

New Hampshire (1955) 
The Grand High Priest said: 

"We are not unmindful of our loss; we cherish the memory of those who 
have labored with us and have passed to their reward and to the bereaved 
families and their friends, we extend our deepest sympathies. 

"The clock of time is wound but once 

And no man has the power 

To tell, just where the hands will stop 

At late or early hour. 

Now is the only time we own 

Love, live, toil with a will 

Place no faith into tomorrow 

For the clock might then be still.' " 

Alabama (1955) 

From the Rej>ort of the Committee on Necrology this is quoted: 

"The Lord gave, and the Lord taketh away, Blessed be the Name of 
the Lord." 

"Heaven is not reached by a single bound; 

But we build the ladder by which we rise 

From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies, 

And we mount to its summit round by round." 


"May we ever cherish the memory of those faithful Companions whose 
souls have retired from this world of chaos and tribulations, may we ever strive 
to emulate their good deeds, and so live that we may meet them in that ever- 
lasting Home beyond the skies. 

May each of us, who remain on this earth, in our prayers remember the 
loved ones of those departed Companions and seek Divine consolation for them 
in their afflicted bereavement. 

Let us be gladdened by the thought that those Companions who have de- 
parted ahead of us, are enjoying that Heavenly Home from whose Bourne no 
traveler returns." 

Vermount (1955) 

Prayer by Grand Chaplain: 

"Our Heavenly Father, we realize that it is not within human power to 
understand things that happen as we pass through time into eternity. 

We cannot understand the mystery of death. Grant that none may become 
discouraged or bitter by loss. We would know that Thou art the Creator and 
the Sustainer of life, and death is a mark of Thy love. 

May Thy peace and comfort be with loved ones and sustain them and us 
in this common sorrow. In His name we ask it. Amen." 


Massachusetts (1954) 

The Grand High Priest reported: 

"Grand Chapters of Instruction are also engaging the attention of the 
Officers of the 98 Chapters, under the direction of the Grand Lecturers. The 
importance of these schools in maintaining the uniformity of the work and 
the purity of the ritual can never be overestimated. These meetings also provide 
an opportunity for the officers of the several Chapters in each District to 
fraternize and work together in harmony and unanimity. A dinner, before 
or after, according to the time of opening, is recommended, as this function 
furnishes an opportunity for officers to become better acquainted. It is a 
legitimate expense of the Chapter. 

Ohio (1954) 

The Committee on Education explained: 

"There has been prepared 'A Plan for Masonic Education in Ohio' that 
will be supplied to all Chapters early this coming year. It outlines the various 
Educational Activities and prescribes who is responsible for their execution. 

In the Subordinate Chapter 

a. A school for officers and interested members covering instruction and 
discussion of the contents of the Capitular Rite. This deals with the 
symbolism of the four degrees and the significance of the term 
York Rite. 

b. Methods to be followed in giving instruction to candidates and newly 
made Royal Arch Masons. 

In the District 

a. A school for more advanced study in Capitular Masonry. 

b. A school for the training of Chapter leaders. 

Under this new program the primary responsibity of organization and 
operation will rest with High Priests of the Subordinate Chapter and with the 
District Deputy Grand High Priest of the District. The Committee on Masonic 
Education will continue to supervise this program. It will prepare curricula, 
provide suitable materials, and if the need arises assign men from other districts 
to assist. It will receive reports from both High Priests and District Deputies 
so that it may report to the Grand Chapter and be guided in its future policies 
and recommendations to the Grand Chapter. 

British Columbia (1955) 

The Grand First Principal recommended: 

"1 feel thai the importance <>i the offices of Grand Superintendent of each 
district has noi in the past been sufficiently realized as this officer is the effective 
connection link between the Grand first Principal as the executive officer of 
the Grand Chapter and the officers of the various Chapters in each district. 

f am informed thai in the (.rand Chapter of Canada a full day is devoted 
to instruction of the Grand Superintendents alter the\ are appointed and this 
instruction takes place at the annual convocation. Addresses are given by in- 
formed past (.rami Chapter Officers as to the constitution of the (.rand Chapter 
and as to means l>\ which their service to the District for which they are 
appointed can he made more effective and beneficial. Addresses are given on 
various subjects relating to the relationship between Craft Masonry and the 
Ron a I Arch. 1 he result is that the Grand Superintendent commences his duties 
with a background of knowledge and information which should stand him in 
good stead during his Near of office. 

1 therefore recommend that: Some method should be adopted whereby the 
(.rand Superintendents receive instruction and advice before commencing their 
duties, even if this requires an extra half day for the Annual Convocation of 
(.rand Chapter, and they should receive continuous support during their year of 
office from the Grand Chapter Officers, particularly the Grand First Principal." 

Saskatchewan (1955) 

The Committee on Education and Research reported: 

"During the past few years we have been endeavoring to build up, at the 
office of our Grand Scribe E., copies of addresses prepared by prominent Masons 
on Masonic subjects of interest. A partial list is as follows: 

The Beginning of Royal Arch Masonry in Canada. 
The Symbolism of the Pedestal. 
The Lure of Capitular Masonry. 
The Spiritual Heritage of Royal Arch Masons. 
Reclaiming the Demitted Suspended Member. 
Royal Arch Masonry in the U.S.A. (Walcutt) . 
Maintaining the Interest of Royal Arch Masons. 
Who was Zerubbabel? 
Putting the Membership to Work. 
The Triple Tau. 

Our Relationship with other Branches of Masonry. 
Attracting the Outstanding to Our Membership. 
The Days of Pythagoras. 
The S\mbolism of the Veils. 

I he above list and the pamphlet entitled 'What Royal Arch Masonry Offers' 
are available upon application to the Grand Scribe E., although where the 
supply is exhausted there may be a small charge for retyping." 

New York (1955) 

The Grand High Priest said: 

Another experiment which our Education Committee will report, was the 
distribution to each Chapter, of the Kit' of educationl material prepared by 
General Grand Chapter. A few— too few — have reported putting it to the use 
for which it was intended. Manx claim it was not received. Others merely 
said it had not been put to use and a large number said nothing on the subject. 
Frankly we marvel at so much indifference on the part of the leaders of our 
constituent Chapters. While this may have seemed to them a small thing, I'm 
afraid the experience is a straw in the wind' and indicates a lack of imagination 
and lack of interest in the masonic progress of the thousands of individual 


members who may well be thirsting for just such help as this Kit, properly 
used, could have offered. We happen to know of a great many who are simply 
yearning to be led and to be taught. We have no moral right to pass up any 
opportunity to attend to these duties, and do all we can in the furtherance 
of our own and our Companion's Masonic Education. Masonic Education is 
the great thing that distinguishes York Rite Masonry (American Rite, if you 
prefer) from all others. 

Another great source is the fine Royal Arch Reading Course which has 
been so persistently offered by our M. E. Charles J. Wells. He has done a yeoman 
service through this medium, opening doors to Masonic Education which would 
never have been noticed otherwise, without his boundless enthusiasm on the 

California (1955) 

The Grand High Priest recommended and Grand Chapter adopted: 

The Grand Lecturer and Deputy-Grand Lecturers 
Powers — Duties — Expenses 

(1) The Grand Lecturer shall be responsible for the proper use and ex- 
emplification of the Ritual. 

(2) The Grand Lecturer upon election and with the approval of the Grand 
High Priest, shall appoint, not to exceed five Deputy Grand Lecturers to serve 
the Chapters assigned to them by the Grand Lecturer, and until the next 
succeeding Convocation of the Grand Chapter unless sooner relieved by the 
Grand Lecturer. 

(3) The Grand Lecturer or a Deputy-Grand Lecturer, under his direction, 
shall teach the Ritual to Inspectors and Chapter Officers, visit Chapters, hold 
schools of instruction, exemplify the Ritual and require conformity therewith. 

(4) The Grand Lecturer shall require the Inspectors to examine all High 
Priests, Kings and Scribes-elect as to their proficiency in the Ritual as well as 
to their knowledge of the By-Laws of the Chapter, together with a reasonable 
understanding of the Constitution and Regulations of Grand Chapter. 

(5) The Grand Lecturer shall render to Grand Chapter, at each Annual 
Convocation a report as to the ritualistic conditions of the Chapters in this 
Grand Jurisdiction, and, not less than ten days prior thereto, furnish a copy 
of such report to each of the members of the Committees on Jurisprudence, 
Finance and Policy and Purposes. 

(6) The Grand Lecturer and Deputy-Grand Lecturers shall receive re- 
imbursement of their actual expenses, incurred in the discharge of their duties, 
but not to exceed such sum as may be directed by Grand Chapter. 

(7) The Grand Chapter, may, at its pleasure, confer upon a past Grand 
Lecturer, in recognition of meritorious service, the honory title of Grand 
Lecturer-Emeritus, with appropriate honorium." 

Tennessee (1955) 

The Grand High Priest recommended and Grand Chapter confirmed: 

"That we continue M. E. Comp. Pheland Douglas as special instructor and 
that an appropriation of $3,000.00 be allotted for his use or such assistance by 
qualified Companions as he may select to meet the increased demand of our 
Chapters for ritualistic instruction. 

15 schools of instruction were to be held in the year 1955 in districts. 
All Chapters were to be notified of the time and place. Schools in 1954 were 
sponsored by the Grand Chapter and Grand Council. 333 certificates were 
issued to members of 57 Chapters, 526 Companions attended." 


Oregon (1955) 

The Grand High Priesi reported: 

"In m) travels throughout the Grand Jurisdiction, 1 found thai a large 
percentage <>i the members of the craft had little knowledge of thai to which 
tlu\ belong. I found thai the) are anxious and willing to learn something 
about Vncienl Crafl Masonry, so that the) would be better informed and have 
a better understanding of that which ihe\ have received'. In discussing this 
problem with several ol the companions, it was decided that a group of inter- 
ested companions should be selected to form a committee for the purpose of 
studv and research. They are to stud) the background and tenets and history 
ol our order so tbat the) can go out among the Craft spreading Masonic Light 
among our less informed companions . . . This committee will be a permanent 
committee and to be self sustaining in its membership and in its finances . . ." 


Ohio (1954) 

The Grand High Priest .staled: 

"Various other programs were developed by other successful Chapters. 
But the Chapters that made progress were definitely the Chapters that planned 
their work, and worked their plan. And it didn't seem to make much difference 
as to what plan the) adopted, so long as they were willing to work. Nothing 
takes the place of hard work. When the going gets rough, that is just another 
stimulant to the successful to put forth a little extra effort." 

Maine (1955) 

The Grand High Priest concluded his address thus: 

"Companions, if you take pride in your Chapter, if you feel that it has 
honored you by electing you to the office you now hold, if you have grasped the 
teachings of our degrees and ceremonies, and if at times you will be zealous of 
the interests of your Chapter above everything else, then you will put your 
Chapter in the place where it rightfully belongs and your station will be sought 
after by the Companions working through the Chairs and the office of High Priest 
will be considered and honor." 

Tennessee (1955) 

Committee on Advancement of Royal Arch Masonry reported: 

"We note the substantial increase in membership during the past year. 
However it is our observation we are not attracting the newly exalted Companions 
to active participation in our Chapter program. Many of our Companions never 
return to witness the beautiful degrees again or to enter into the companionship 
of the Chapters. 

We believe that there are causes for this situation which if brought to light 
would increase interest. 

We believe that good ritualistic work is important. However, this is only 
the foundation, and should be followed by a wholesome educational program. 

We need to get our Companions back to our Stated Convocations and give 
them wholesome instruction in the Scriptural and historical background of the 
degrees. A good educational Committee could do much to increase interest 
at our Stated Convocations. 

We believe that the business session should be brief in order to devote 
some time- to practicing ritualistic work, instruction and explanation of various 
phases of the work. 

We feel that man) ( ompanons, having passed through the degrees, did 
not get the full significance and lessons taught in these degrees. 

\n informed Mason is an interested Mason, and it is the duty of each 
Chapter to dispense light and knowledge to the less informed Companions. 


We commend P.G.H.P. Douglas on the splendid schools of instruction which 
he has held throughout the State. Our Chapters should take full advantage of 
these schools and carry the program further in each individual Chapter. 

It behooves each Chapter to stimulate attendance by any method that 
seems to work best, and on getting the Companions there. It further behooves 
them to make it so interesting that they will want to come back. This 
enthusiasm will be reflected to our Master Masons; and should result in their 
seeking further light of Royal Arch Masonry." 

West Virginia (1954) 

The Grand Lecturer reported: 

"The Deputy Lecturers report that a few Chapters conduct regular practice 
sessions, which is very commendable. I hope the day will soon come when the 
officers of all our Chapters will set aside at least one evening a month for the 
purpose of perfecting themselves in the ritual, thereby demonstrating that they 
realize that with honors go responsibilities which they are willing to assume." 

New York (1955) 

The Grand High Priest advised: 

"To you Companions who will so soon be returning to your several homes 
and reporting to your several Chapters, remember your responsibilities. Re- 
member that you are responsible not merely for smooth -operating ceremonies 
and ritual, for a healthy and if possible a prosperous condition of your member- 
ship roster and your Chapter treasury, but, above and beyond all that you are 
responsible for a program of interest-arousing activities, for masonic teachings 
and for individual character forming which will make us examples of good 
character and personality in your community. We can remember with profit that 
priceless injunction contained in one of the lectures to a Master Mason: Bid 
men to come up to you, but descend not a single step to them. We are literally 
surrounded, and strongly challenged by Opportunity. With the rich character 
which an honest pursuit of Masonic teachings well nigh guarantees, our potenti- 
alities at home, in civic life, in the whole world-at-large, are all but infinite." 

District of Columbia (1954) 

The Grand Visitor and Lecturer urged: 

"Attendance at Chapters. — The percentage of attendance at Chapters is 
dangerously low and a marked improvement is necessary, because this is a sure 
barometer by which Chapter progression and enthusiasm may be determined. 
I believe that small attendances at Chapter Convocations are brought about 
in the main by High Priests failing to open chapters on time thereby resulting 
in Companions being retained untl a late hour. I not only urge promptness 
in opening, but High Priests should plan all meetings thoroughly so that not 
only is business conducted with dispatch thus permitting Degrees to commence 
at an early hour, but ample time is left for a period of social discourse, which 
I feel will stimulate the interest of all Companions. I would also urge that 
wherever possible arrangements be made for an interchange of Chapter visita- 
tions. This important matter has been to a great extent neglected. Such 
visitations accomplish much and have a tendency to increase interest and 

Arkansas (1955) 

The Grand High Priest states: 

"In starting the year's work with out chapters I concluded early that when 
this Grand Chapter honored a community by issuing to a group of Companions 
a charter under which to work in the capitular Rite that honour carried with it 
the discharge of certain responsibilities. A dormant chapter cannot carry out 


those responsibilities and stops should be taken to arouse such Chapters from 
their Lethargy. Proceeding on such premise certain actions have been taken . . . . 

ami in each case it resulted to the benefit <>l Companions. Chapters and this 

(.rami Chapter. 

1 he steps taken were: 

1. The creation o\ a speakers bureau. 

L\ \ directive instructing all chapters that deviation from the accepted 
and approved ritualistic ceremonies of the chapter or those of good 

sound Masonic Procedure and practice- must cease. 

The ('•kukI High Priest also recommended: 

A greater and more active leadership on the part of Grand Chapter and 
for the c hapters: — 

1. Obtain the best leadership possible for the officers of your chapter. 

2. Particular care to be exercised in the selection of a secretary. 

3. Meet regularly, make meetings interesting. 
1. Proficiency in all degree work. 

5. Remember you have an obligation to your members give them some- 
thing in return for the dues they pay. 


New Zealand (1955) 

The newly installed First Grand Principal points out: 

"It would seem, therefore, that it should be a part of the programme of 
ever) First Principal to make some attempt to revitalise the interest of those 
members who somehow have lost the habit of attending their Chapter and 
absorbing the great truths of Masonry. It is my purpose to point out how this 
renewal of interest can be accomplished, for that w 7 hich will work in one case, 
may fail in another— there can be no universal recipe. A study of the individual 
is necessar) if we are to be successful, and this is what we must be prepared 
to undertake if we are to accomplish our aims and objectives. 

I might suggest, however, that each man comes freely to the Altars of 
Masonrx because he sees in it something which appeals to him. Having come, 
he certainb must owe something to the spirit of this great fraternity — a debt 
which he can pay and will pay if we impress on his mind the value of 
association within the threshold of his Chapter." 

Massachusetts (1954) 

The Grand High Priest stales: 

"Knowledge is power. The High Priest who knows how to do what is 
required of him, and at the same time understands what he is attempting to 
accomplish, exercises a great deal of influence over his officers and members, 
builds up the attendance at the Convocations. The men on the side lines 
admire a man who 'knows his stuff. 

Knowledge is power. He who would interest his brethren in the Capitular 
Rite should know something of its history, its aims, and its proper place in 
the Masonic s\stem. We should be able to sell Royal Arch Masonry on its own 
merits. Xo reputable concern sends out its representatives to sell its wares until 
the salesman has had some instruction in the manufacture and quality of the 
products he has to sell. An intelligent Mason who is truly seeking more light 
in Masonry always has some questions to ask. If you are not prepared to 
answer those questions, can you blame him if he turns his back upon you? 

Knowledge is power. He who would serve the Capitular Rite bevond the 
boundary of his own Chapter, must first demonstrate that he possesses the 
required knowledge and interest in our Craft. The results of his study and 
ability will be manifest. A candle that is set on a hill cannot be hidden, neither 
are the efforts of an industrious Companion. He will be talked about, he will 
be noticed, and when the time arrives lie will be set to work." 


Utah (1955) 

The Grand High Priest advises. 

"We, as proponents and boosters of Capitular Masonry, the Red Lodge of 
Masonry, must keep our minds and hearts steadily on the positive track of 
sincerity of effort in order to build constructively for the success of the York 
Rite. Companions who accept the election to high office and the appointments 
leading up to election, in all bodies of Masonry, must also accept the burden of 
responsibility that goes with the office and extend themselves to the ultimate 
in making good. Success depends upon the grade of leadership at the head of 
each body. 

Studying carefully the progress for good and the retrogressions not so good, 
that has 8 been the history of not only Capitular Masonry but also the history 
of all other branches of Masonry since the early ages, we find that stages of 
growth and progress seem to definitely depend upon the quality of leadership. 
As in all things strong forcible leaders point the way in each case, and the 
lack of such, points only to stagnation or loss. There are many among our ranks 
who desire tc grow into leaders. It is by the long route of study and preparation 
that sincere leadership is moulded. Many lead only that they themselves may 
gain, others lead that the body of Masonry may gain. Thanks be to Almighty 
God for these last. 

We cannot always build upon another man's pattern or lead our forces 
along the preset path, but we can build upon the solid foundation set by the 
combination of long years of guided leadership where progress can be definitely 
measured, and erect our part as good leaders firm and strong. As in all ages 
that have come and gone, Masonry has had to withstand the high pressure of 
competition. We think, and I feel we are justified in our thoughts, that just 
now we are bucking the new age of the 'Smashing of the Atom' with its 
complications, implications and possibilities; the 'Speed of Transportation,' 
with its problems and consequences; the 'Television', with its pleasures, diver- 
sions and offerings; the 'New Weapons for War', the 'High Pressures of 
Politics,' Science, Economics, to say nothing of the new developments in 
Education which point toward the continued further solution of the mighty 
things contained in God's Great Storehouse. But while we now struggle with 
problems such as these we must not forget that in times past burdens similar 
in scope and equally as difficult, faced our companions. We must overcome and 
jump our present hurdles with the same steadfastness and staunchness as did 
those companions of past ages. We must keep our faith and plow through such 
competition to greater progress so that those who follow may emulate our 
example and match our success with further successes. So our problem now is: 

To perfect our Degree work by degree teams, 

To keep our faith in Almighty God, 

To show the proper respect to our candidates, 

To educate the Blue Lodge Mason in Red Lodge values, 

To solicit members by means of a live membership committee, 

To make use of new members in our work, 

To make our stated meetings worthwhile." 

Maryland (1954) 

The Chairman of the Committee on Correspondence points out: 

"Man's temple of achievement has been built by individual men— men of 
eager questing minds and devoted spirits— thinking and visualizing and feeling 
through all ages. Most of them were journeymen — good craftsmen entitled to 
our honor — but here and there stands out one who exemplifies, "all the noon- 
day brightness of human genius.' 

The gods in my pantheon are these individual men, the genius and journey- 
men both. They have made Masonry what it stands for today. In a world that 
exalts organization, individuals — individual persons only — are all that matter 
in our search to control our fates. 


II" i seem co claim too much in the preceding sentence, 1 ask you to 
remember thai one ol the difficulties about saying anything is that it cannot 
be .ill said ai once. 

I hus .ill knowledge and all understanding in the present depends on what 
individual men have had a chance to think and do in the past; for knowledge 
and understanding are the results ot the intellectual processes onl) of individuals. 
Whatever the results - good or evil — they all start with an individual. 

When such nun attain Leadership of an\ organization, it preserves that rank 
only so long .is its culture — which is to sa\ not merely its achievements in 
humanities hut also its manners and beliefs, commands respect, co-operation, 
and some degree- of emulation, lor though leadership is conquered by power 
it is maintained over a significant span of time only with the- free assent of 
the led: and tree assent is given onl) to moral and not to material authority. 
Thinking this way, you will see that he serves best our interest who does his 
best in any of the higher ranges of mind and spirit. 

The onl) possible answer is 1 do not know the answer to these questions. 
But what can he said with confidence is that they did what they did to affect 
the lives ot all subsequent civilized men because they were somehow enabled 
to do the work the) wanted to do. 

The faithful worker thai planted the seed from which, we have been reaping 
an abundant harvest as the fruits of their labors, the example of their achieve- 
ments, and the inspiration of their lives ma\ well stimulate ns to greater 
efforts in searching for the keystone that will bind humanity's arch of peace 
and good will to man. 

This generation of men too often expect everything to be done for them. 
While our pioneers faced forward, believing that the future belongs to those 
who face forward in high confidence. Today one senses an almost cynical lack 
of faith in our historic ideals and ability to achieve them, a distrust almost 
of freedom, a reluctance to make the great commitment. However much we 
bluster and protest, that is not the mood of victory. We can have only the 
kind of organization we are willing to pay the price for." 

Wisconsin (1955) 

Report <>i the Committee on Advancement we quote: 

"But membership without attendance and Chapter interest makes empty 
progress. Your committee has been endeavoring to determine why attendance 
is such a small percentage of the membership in most Chapters and what can 
be done to change the picture. To cope with conflicting attractions, Masonic 
and otherwise, Chapter meetings and programs must needs be of outstanding 
character and interest. They must create a desire to attend. Chapters meeting 
oftener than once a month have a greater opportunity to offer a diversified 
program than do the lesser number of Chapters meeting only once a month. 
Sodal evenings, programs including Masonic instruction, get together meetings 
with other Masonic bodies, periodic visits to other Chapters— all can be of value. 

When Chapter degrees are repeated at infrequent intervals, it is difficult 
for the changing personnel to confer perfect degrees without a great deal of 
preparation and rehearsal, with proper direction. Under our present plan of 
instruction as provided by the Grand Chapter, only a limited amount of help 
is available to the Chapters. Ml four degrees must be conferred each year, with 
instruction in onl) one of them. This instruction is hurriedly given by the 
District Instructor usually alter the degree has been conferred, and much of his 
advance is forgotten by the time that degree is again portrayed. Annual (or 
oftener) Schools <>l Instruction have been suggested, at which especially every 
Grand Council officer in the area would receive complete instruction in every 
degree. Possibl) this idea could be extended to include all line officers, as is 
done for the Blue Lodge officers through their schools. If such a plan could 
then include a Ritual Director for each Chapter, competent to direct ritual 
rendition and floor work in his Chapter, the benefits of the School could be 
available all through the- year, and lor every degree. The Chapters, and the 


candidates, are entitled to our best. We can give it only if we are duly and 
truly prepared. 

Our fifth objective is to increase our understanding of the teachings of 
the Royal Arch Degrees. In conferring them we who take part represent 
definite characters and portray definite events, all of which help to make clear 
the fundamental lessons taught by the Chapter. We must study these characters 
and understand clearly the background of the degree story to make the most 
effective presentation. The candidate also needs a deeper understanding of the 
degree story to get the most out of the work of the Chapter, and to insure a 
continuation of his interest in Chapter activities. He needs help in clearly 
understanding the words and signs of our four degrees, so he may not be 
embarrassed when attendng Chapter. The closing demonstration of the Royal 
Arch Degree is one of the most important of all; yet how few of us actually 
get the full significance of it unless we have further and more detailed 


Vermont (1955) 

The Grand Secretary suggests: 

"Anent this membership matter, I repeat a suggestion, already many times 
repeated over the past few years. If each High Priest would appoint a really 
active and go-getting Membership Committee (if he can find such among his 
members), which will thoroughly canvass prospects on the rosters of nearby 
lodges, and, armed with our booklet and a supply of petitions, really go to 
town with personal contacts, the results would be amazing, and we might get 
our Grand Chapter back to its earlier high membership figures. 

Any Capitular leader who relies on desultory hoping that candidates will 
voluntarily flock to receive the glories of the Royal Arch, is cheating himself 
and his Chapter. Try the committee idea, follow it up, keep the committee 
working and thus demonstrate that you are a real instead of a titular leader. 


The following amendment to the constitution was approved: 
Continuous Membership in Craft Lodge 
Section 13. Every member of a Chapter in this Jurisdiction must be and 
remain a member in good standing of a Craft Lodge. Any Companion failing 
to observe this provision and remaining for more than one year without 
membership in a Craft Lodge shall thereupon stand suspended. 

Kansas (1955) 

The Grand High Priest reports: 

"Throughout the year many meetings have been held to promote the 
welfare of the subordinate Chapters. Many have shown substantial gains in 
membership because not a few of our lodge brethren have learned that we do, 
indeed have something worthwhile to offer." 

Mississippi (1954) 

This is quoted from the Grand Lecturer's report: 

"Freemasonry in the early ages started out by taking into its folds only 
operative Masons, and only those who had proved their right to membership 
by a skilful knowledge of the use of the tools of masonry. Later when the 
fraternity broadened its scope, and began taking in men who were not skilled 
in the actual knowledge of how to handle the tools literally, the standards were 
still as high as they were in former times. Unfortunately however, the standard 
seems to have been lowered by a very gradual process, during the past few 
decades, and while I am not one to "view with alarm" certain conditions, I do 
feel that perhaps we might have been too lenient in the use of the blackball." 



Id alio (1955) 

The Grand High Priest mated: 

\ visitor to any Chapter can tell in the first few minutes of the opening 
ceremonies whether that chapter is active or static If the Companions of the 

most statu Chapter wOuld produce a full set of officers who would pridefully 
accomplish the necessarj degree work, the enthusiasm created by these officers 
would never lack material for Chapter membership. This is not a theory. I 
have seen it happen. 1 have seen a Chapter so static that its charter should 
have been arrested become so active within a few years that it could actually 
go out and pick the Masons it desired for members. And this, may I remind 
you occurred because it improved and became fastidious in its degree work. 
' ' Ml Fraternal organizations are going through a very trying period and 
onlv those with the most to offer will survive. We came through the automobile 
era where everyone wanted to get away from home, and now we must survive 
the television era where everyone want* to stay at home to witness shows and 
events never before available to them. We must never disregard a single 
opportunity to counter-act the effects of these disturbing detractions to our 
Royal Arch." 

Rhode Island 

The Grand Lecturer stated: 

"During the year several chapters requested permission of the Grand High 
Priest or the Grand Lecturer to confer a degree in short form. This permission 
is freely granted when the reason is a good one and it is clear that the chapter 
making the request is not shirking their respsonsibility to see that candidates 
receive all the degree in full form when next exemplified. 

The Grand Lecturers' staff is of the opinion the that rough road used 
by some of the Chapters are of a type that were certainly not encountered 
bv the original sojourners on their way to Jerusalem and they tend to detract 
from the solemnity of the degree. It is hoped that those Chapters will seriously 
consider the voluntary elimination of this type of road." 

North Carolina 

The Grand High Priest requested: 

"In my travels over the state, I am convinced that the lack of a proper 
presentation of the ritual is our greatest obstacle in York Masonry. Therefore, 
I urgently request that you give the thoughts listed below careful and serious 

1 Create Schools of Instruction in North Carolina. 

2. Lectureship Program similar to Grand Lodge Program, l. e., First in each 
district then in every Subordinate Chapter. 

3. Establish office of Grand Lecturer. 

4 Set up areas in the State where schools may be held. 

;.. Recommend that each Subordinate Chapter pay expenses for the top three 
line officers to attend at least one school each year. 

6. Visitations to other Grand Jurisdictions would prove very helpful to the 
committee. I suggest that expense be paid to make such visitation. 

Poor ritualistic work will continue to hurt us until we make up our minds 
to do something about it. I repeat, without fear of contradiction, that the best 
asset a Roval Arch Chapter can have is a justified and traditional reputation 
for good work; that the impression we make on our candidates as they receive 
the degrees, determines to a large extent whether they become active, interested 
members; that the Chapter which has difficulty with attendance, with applications 
or with finances, can find the reason for all these things in its work; and that 
their general prosperity is the direct and calculated consequence of a sincere, 
dignified and efficient performance on the part of the officers. I still say that 
good work will attract and that a poor or mediocre performance will repel 
the candidates we need. 


Comments, all favorable, have come to me from all sources regarding our 
Lecture Program and School of Instruction. So let's make this program a reality." 

Texas (1954) 

The Grand High Priest suggested: 

"I trust the Companions will endeavor to do better work, more impressive 
work, and in particular, do the work as taught by the committee on work 
and approved by this Grand Chapter. There has been a tendency to make 
short cuts in conferring the Degrees, not taking the individual candidate, but 
rather putting them through in Classes, using one candidate and permitting 
the others to sit on the side line and watch the degree conferred. It has also 
been brought to our attention that the Past Master's Degree has been con- 
verted into nothing but frivolity, even installing three candidates at once. 
Further, the Royal Arch Degree has been converted into horse-play with a 
consequent embarrassment to the candidates. My Companions, this should not 
be so. The Committee on Work should impress this on the Classes, the 
District Deputies, and Officers of the several Chapters should be greatly con- 
cerned with this phase of the work. The more impressive we are in conferring 
the degrees, the more sincere we are, the more the new Companion will feel like 
coming back and taking part in the work; and he will also want his Brother 
Mason to partake of the fellowship of the York Rite with him, and be proud 
he is a Royal Arch Mason. Certainly we are concerned in an increase in 
membership, but we should not be enough concerned to take Short Cuts that 
take away from the solemnity of the degrees. It is far better to make one 
Royal Arch Mason than fifteen members in name only. There is definitely 
a need for improvement, and it will take work and more work by the individual 
Officers of the several Chapters to bring this about. May we all, in our own way, 
continue to work in the quarries of Masonry, bringing up good and square work 
that will be acceptable to the Grand Overseer — work that will pass the inspection 
of the Master Overseer's Square, so that we may continue to meet and part 
in peace, in love, and in unity." 


Alberta (1955) 

The Grand First Principal stated: 

"Non payment of Dues. This problem is just as perennial as Spring Flowers. 
This is the constant and particular problem of the Scribes E. of the individual 
Chapters and takes all the patience, persistence and good-natured tact that 
any man can possibly possess. Unfortunately this is not a matter for the Grand 
Chapter to solve, neither is it in the hands of this committee to remedy. We 
still think, however, that the practice of purchasing Life Membership early 
when the member can afford it, is the surest way of solving this problem." 

Louisiana (1955) 

The Grand High Priest advises: 

"Suspension for Non Payment of Dues has become very alarming the past 
few years, not only in our own jurisdiction but Sister Jurisdictions as well — 
something that demands action on the part of every one of us. I note with 
much interest, M. E. Comp. Chester H. Newell's letter to the High Priests, 
Illustrious Masters, Eminent Commanders and all Grand Officers, concerning 
the California Centennial Campaign in which he has to say: 'Some of our 
Secretaries and Recorders do not have a plan of billing the members for dues 
at regular intervals. It is my strong suggestion that if you do not have a 
concrete plan, you set about to initiate such a program, wherein, for instance, 
statements should be sent in the middle of December for next year's dues and 
then followed up at least quarterly until the dues are paid.' I can think of 


do better plan of action Eoi oui jurisdiction and 1 would strongly recommend 

thai a committee be appointed by the incoming High Priests each year to 
supplement this action with personal contacts as a final follow-up when 

The Committee cm Masonic Law and Jurisprudence concurs: 

"Suspension lor Non-paymenl of dues we have with us always. Good business 
dictates the importance <>l sending out notices and exercise clue diligence in 
contacting the Companions and urging upon them the payment of their dues. 
1 he absence oi suspensions is abounding evidence that the officers of the Chapter 
take i heir responsibilities seriously. The presence of a long suspension list 
in main cases is proof positive that the officers have been negligent or indifferent. 
It is the considered judgement of your committee that any group of Chapter 
officers unwilling to exert themselves to hold suspensions to a minimum ought 
to surrender their responsibilities to more willing hands. The committee in 
each Chapter should be the elected and appointed officers. If they give attention 
to i he responsibilities of their respective offices the job will be clone. We need 
to understand that occupying a Masonic office is something more than wearing 
the jewels and the honors of the position." 

California (1955) 

The Report of the Committee on Correspondenee states: 

"This subject warrants more attention than it is receiving. It seems that 
ever) one is talking about it, but very few are doing anything about it. The 
responsibility rests with the local Secretaries. If a delinquent member who fails 
to respond to dues notices and personal appeals is promptly reported to the 
High Priest or the Chairman of the Membership Committee, and he in turn 
takes immediate action, suspensions could be reduced to a minimum." 


The Grand High Priest advises: 

"On September 30, 1954, we furnished the District Deputies with the report 
of the Grand Secretary relative to Demissions, Suspensions, Exaltation, etc. We 
urged them to contact each Chapter in order that those who were suspended 
might be brought back into the fold. 

We believe that these letters did some good." 

Georgia (1955) 

The Grand High Priest points out: 

"A reviewer of the records for the past year shows that there is much room 
for improvement. Reception of new members was far short of our usual number 
and suspensions were unusually high. I realize that many of this year's suspen- 
sions were the result of correcting errors that have existed for several years, 
but I am persuaded that many of our Companions are losing interest in Chapter 
membership, simply because we are not showing interest in them. 

When I say 'we' I mean all of us who hold office now or in the past. We, 
who make up the membership of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Georgia. 
How long has it been since you invited a Companion to attend a Chapter 
meeting with you? How long has it been since you yourself attended your own 
Chapter meeting? Are we asking enough of our members to take part in the 
degree work or are we letting just a few 'George's' do it all. We must put just 
as much effort and thought in holding our old members as we are in securing 
new members. 

I believe also that our attendance and participation in the work of our 
Blue Lodge is a must if our Chapters are to prosper. It is my earnest hope 
that all of you will return to your home Chapter determined to make this year 
1955 the most successful year that Capitular Masonry in Georgia has ever had." 


The Committee on Address of Grand High Priest concurs: 

"Our Grand High Priest has placed his finger upon one of the weakest 
spots in our entire system, and, if, as a result of his pointing out this weak spot, 
we can overcome this evil, then the Committee feels that for that reason alone, 
his administration should be considered a successful one. We refer, of course, 
to our failure to exercise the same zeal in keeping a member as we did in 
securing him. It is small wonder that many do not again darken the doors 
of our Sanctuary after receiving the Royal Arch Degree. Appropriate reception 
and greeting committees should be appointed to function at every Convocation. 
Such committees should always be present and show the proper attention not 
only to our newly-made Companions but to the older members as well. How 
many of us can give an answer that will satisfy even himself to the question 
'When was the last time you invited a Companion to attend the Chapter?' 
We should all think deeply on this subject and devise some effective means 
to show our newly-made Companions that we are quite as interested in holding 
them as we were in obtaining them." 

From the Report of the Committee on General Welfare we quote: 

"Laxness on the part of Secretary and other officers in failing to make proper 
effort to see that Companions did not become in arrears in his dues. 

We ask each of you, do any of these conditions exist in your Chapter? 
If they do, will you try to eliminate them, because if you do we will never find 
our Grand Chapter among those showing net losses. Don't take this situation 
too lightly, remember we suspended 1,711 Companions in three years. We 
earnestly pray that you will give this your most serious consideration and study." 

Iowa (1955) 

Committee on Chartered Chapters states: 

"The following statistics, when compared with recent years, will not give 
much occasion for rejoicing, but instead should be a challenge to each and 
every one of us to put forth our most ardent efforts in trying to help restore 
the progress that we so proudly cherished in the years gone by. It is well 
to note that throughout the year our Grand Secretary has repeatedly urged 
all of us to unite our efforts in trying to reduce the annual suspension toll 
within our membership. This, apparently, has brought results as will be 
indicated in a later portion of this report. A member that can be kept in good 
standing helps to keep up our membership total. It takes a new member 
to replace the one that is dropped. Let's keep this in mind." 

Pennsylvania (1954) 

The Grand High Priest said: 

"During the year we have stressed the importance of contacting delinquent 
members personally before ignominously suspending them for non-payment of 
dues. I firmly believe that it is the the duty of every Royal Arch Mason, not 
only to spread Masonic Light and Knowledge to our uninformed Brethren, but 
to take care of those members who have strayed away from the meetings and 
are members in name only. Some of you do not believe in this, but I say that 
it is better to show a fraternal and charitable attitude toward our membership 
than to bring others into the fold — only to be cast aside and thrown among 
the rubbish. 

Each member of the Chapter represents a stone in the building of the 
Royal Arch. When a stone is weak or deteriorated, it should be strengthened. 
Some of our Chapters are weak today because of members that have lost interest 
in our work and the very principles for which we stand. We must find out, 
through contact with these members, why we have failed them and what must 
be done to revive their interest. 

I hope that my suggestion of contacting the delinquent members will be 
carried out. I know of no better way to begin the practice of our Masonic 
principles than among our own Companions." 


New Jersey (1955) 

The Grand High Priest points out: 

"One cause oi loss ol members which should be of concern, is through 
suspension because of non-payment of dues. A survey of Chapters reporting 
excessive losses because of suspension revealed the Lack of a well planned program 
or no program at all. An examination of past events is necessary to determine 
the exact cause and re-evaluation ol future plans to prevent a recurrence." 

Alabama (1955) 

From the Report of the Committee on Foreign Correspondence this is quoted: 
"One facl which we have noted for several years is the continued loss each 
\iar through suspensions and demits. A study of the statistical returns shows 
that for cadi [00 exaltation we lose a net of 22 by suspension and demit, and 
50 by death. I bis makes out net gain less than half the number of exaltations. 
For the past three years Alabama has been somewhat above the average; our 
record shows a net gain of 62 for each 100 exaltations. It would seem that 
somewhere along the line we are falling down on our job, and it would become 
all of our Chapters to stop and take stock. There is no sound reason why 
Alabama should have suspended 932 members during the years 1953 and 1954." 

Michigan (1955) 

The Grand High Priest made this comment: 

"In 1953, with 1200 exaltations, we had 389 suspensions. It does not seem 
reasonable to bring Royal Arch Masons in the front door and then turn them 
out the back door in this proportion. I strongly urge that each Chapter appoint 
a Dues Commission of capable interested Companions to assist the Secretary 
in the collection of dues, with the strict injunction to personally interview 
each member, when residing within the jurisdiction of the Chapter, before any 
charges are filed for non-payment of dues. You will enjoy the satisfaction of 
having done a good deed and also will have saved members for your Chapter." 

Connecticut (1955) 

The Committee on Financial Reports of Constituent Chapters reports as follows: 

"On terms of exemption from dues, several Chapters have substantially 
strengthened their position. A total of 19 Chapters now have no exemption or 
exemption "by vote of the members," 28 Chapters follow the 30 year exemption 
policy and four Chapters have varying periods. It is encouraging to note that 
the percentage of membership exempt from further payment of dues has 
dropped from 28.5 per cent a year ago to 27.4 per cent this year. However in 
one Chapter the number exempt equals 68.5 per cent of total membership and 
several others are carrying a topheavy load. No further comment is necessary 
as this is plainly a problem to be solved by the Chapters involved. 

Your Committee is delighted to report marked progress in improving the 
delinquency situation." 


Wisconsin (1955) 

The Committee on Charity reported: 

"No cases of distress having come to the attention of the committee, nor 
other calls for our services." 

Kentucky (1954) 

The Grand High Priest reported: 

"The Grand Chapter gave SI 55,000.00 par value United States Government 
Bonds to the Old Masons Home for the New Hospital." 


Texas (1954) 

The Grand Chapter of Texas contributed $1.00 per member, a total of 
$47,121.00 to the Home for aged Masons. The Chapters contributed $1,146.00. 
Also, substantial contributions were received from Craft Lodge Commanderies, 
Councils, Order of Eastern Star, Scottish Rite and numerous individuals. 

Tennessee (1955) 

The Grand Chapter contributed $250.00 to each of the following funds, 
American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, and Leprosy Fund. 

Kansas (1955) 

Five per cent of all revenue is transferred to the Charity Fund. 

Iowa (1955) 

Total capital investment $120,990.28 in Charity Fund. 

Massachusetts (1954) 

The Grand Chapter adopted the following motion: 

"That Raymond T. Sewall Charity Fund shall consist of all donations, 
bequests and all other sums as shall be specifically added to the Fund; that 
none of the principal of the Fund shall be drawn or used for any purpose 
whatever; that the Fund be placed in the hands of the Trustees of the Grand 
Chapter Funds for investment and safe keeping; and that any or all of the 
income shall be available to the Grand High Priest at his request to assist any 
Chapter in the relief of any of its members." 

The motion being duly seconded it was so voted. 

The Grand High Priest anonunced that according to the notice, a collection 
would be taken for the Fund, this having now become an annual feature of 
our June Convocation. Recent receipts by the Grand Secretary amounted to 
$349.05 and the collection this evening was $239.75, so that we have added 
to the Fund during the current year, $588.80. The Fund now totals a little more 
than $2,000.00. Its growth is most gratifying and we are encouraged to believe 
that it will continue to increase until the income will be sufficient for our needs. 

Nova Scotia (1955) 

From the Fund of Benevolence: 

"During the past year, St. John's Chapter No. 8, Prince of Wales Chapter 
No. 12 have requested a refund of their contributions to this fund in order 
to carry out projects of a similar nature under the direct supervision of their 
Chapters; these requestes have all been granted. 

Due to a cheque going astray last year, the Braille subscriptions were 
temporarily discontinued, and this caused a great deal of concern among our 
blind friends, who look forward to receiving their monthly copies of The 
Reader's Digest in Braille. This matter was cleared up in April, and all sub- 
scriptions have now been synchronized so that they will all need to be renewed 
again in May 1956. The staff at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind 
wish me to assure the members of this Grand Chapter how greatly this service 
to our blind friends is appreciated. 

Our interest in the case of the young girl threatened with blindness which 
was reported at our last convocation has continued, and Dr. Doull and Dr. 
MacRae have been paid in full for fitting her with glasses. 

The treatment authorized by Grand Chapter for the young Paraplegic from 
Three Mile Plains was carried out at a cost of approximately $1,500.00. The 
Municipality of East Hants paid $750.00 and we paid a like amount towards 
the cost of the treatment in Toronto." 


Ohio (1954) 

The Grand Secretary reported: 

Ohio Masonic Home 

"During the past year twelve Chapters contributed the sum of $243.30, to 
the Ro\al Arch Fund at the Ohio Masonic Home in addition to which the 
Grand Chapter will turn over to the Ohio Masonic Home for credit to the 
Royal Anli Fund, $16,276.75, representing twenty-five cents per capita collected 
from subordinate Chapters dining the year ending May 31, 1954. There was 
also received $25.00 from the 19th District Officers and Past High Priest 
Association for this fund. 

As a Memorial to Charles A. Mandley, Treasurer Emeritus of Robert Wallace 
Chapter No. 198, the sum of S220.OO was forwarded by Companions and friends 
to the Ohio Masonic Home to be applied to the Royal Arch Fund of the Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Ohio." 


Pennsylvania (1954) 

The Committee on Correspondence said: 

"To exchange Grand Representative with a Grand Chapter implies the 
recognition of the Grand Chapter as a lawfully organized Grand Chapter with 
sovereign rights and powers. 

The information before the Committee at this time indicates that authority 
over Capitular Masonr\ in the Territory of Alaska at this time is divided 
between the General Grand Chapter and the Grand Chapter of Alaska, and 
is not under complete control and jurisdiction of the Grand Chapter of Alaska. 

In Masonry, it is a universally recognized law that political territory makes 
Masonic territory, and that changes in political jurisdiction are followed by 
corresponding changes of Masonic jurisdiction. In the Masonic jurisdiction of 
Alaska, Tongass Chapter No. 5 and Taku Chapter No. 6 are not under the 
jurisdiction or control of the Grand Chapter of Alaska but remain under the 
jurisdiction of the General Grand Chapter. The Grand Chapter of Alaska 
cannot invade the jurisdiction of either of these Chapters, one at Ketchikan and 
the other at Juneau. There is nothing in the 'authority' granted by the General 
Grand Chapter, which would prevent the General Grand Chapter, should they 
so desire, from chartering other Chapters in Alaska or even 'authorizing' one 
or more new Grand Chapters. Why did not these Chapters at Ketchikan and 
Juneau unite with the other three Chapters in the formation of the new Grand 
Chapter and thus having a Sovereign Grand Chapter? 

Why was it necessary for General Grand Chapter to 'authorize' the formation 
of the Grand Chapter of Alaska or 'Constitute' it? Grand Chapters (Grand 
Lodges) are not organized by the 'authority' of any other Grand Chapter 
(Grand Lodge) but are formed and organized by and in a convention, called 
for the purpose, of the Chapters (Lodges) which have been lawfully constituted, 
in what is now a new Masonic Jurisdiction. When the new Grand Chapter 
(Grand Lodge) is lawfully organized, it must have full and complete Masonic 
Jurisdiction over the Chapters (Lodges) within its political jurisdiction before 
it can be Masonically 'recognized.' The Chapters (Lodges) should surrender their 
Warrants from the new Grand Chapter (Grand Lodge)." 

The Committee on Correspondence offers the following resolution: 

"Resolved, That the exchange of Grand Representatives between the Grand 
Chapter of Pennsylvania and the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the 
Territory of Alaska be postponed until the Grand Chapter of Alaska has com- 
plete and Sovereign Masonic Jurisdiction over all lawfully constitued Chapters 
in the Political Territorv of Alaska." 


Iowa (1955) 

The Committee on Jurisprudence reported: 

"Grand Chapter de l'Arch Royale pour la France 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of France 

The Grand Chapitre de l'Arch Royale pour la France works alongside the 
French National Grand Lodge, bearing the same relation to it as the Supreme 
Grand Chapter of England bears to the United Grand Lodge of England. The 
Chapters take the number of the Lodge to which they are attached, but they are, 
of course, in no way subject to the Grand Lodge: owing allegiance solely to 
the Grand Chapter. 

In 1927 a temporary Charter was issued by the French National Grand 
Lodge for the formation of a Chapter to be attached to St. George's Lodge No. 3. 
During 1928 and 1929, five more Chapters were chartered and this led to the 
formation of the Grand Chapitre de Arch Royale pour la France. 

The Grand Chapter was recognized, on the 6th of August, 1929 by the 
Supreme Grand Chapter of England as an independent Grand Chapter with 
sovereign jurisdiction over Royal Arch Masons in France. It was recognized 
in 1934 by the Grand Chapter of Scotland and in 1935 by the Grand Chapters 
of North Carolina and Virginia. 

In 1940 work ceased owing to the war: but since 1947, three of the 
original Chapters have reopened and two new ones formed. The Grand Chapter 
is making steady progress and would welcome the companionship and encourage- 
ment to be gained from the establishment of fraternal relations with Grand 
Chapters in the United States. 

The Domatic Ritual, in use in England, is worked in French and English 
by the Chapters. 

Present constituent Chapters are: 
Paris Britannic No. 9 
Fidelity No. 10 
Confiance No. 25 
Preseverance No. 27 
Rouen Jeanne d'Arc No. 5 
Grand Scribe E.: L. F. Poirson, 65 Bd Bineau, Neuilly-sur-Seine." 


Committee on Charters and Dispensations recommended: 

"It is further recommended by your Committee on Charters and Dispensa- 
tions that if, as, and when, the three Chapters in Germany, hereinbefore referred 
to, shall petition for authority to establish a Grand Chapter for Germany, and 
such petition shall be approved by the General Grand High Priest, the General 
Grand Secretary and the Chairman of the Committee on Charters and Dis- 
pensations, that the General Grand High Priest and the General Grand Secretary 
be authorized and empowered to issue a charter under the name and style of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Germany. The recommendation 
for the granting of charters ad interim is made because three years, in many 
instances, is too long a period to wait to establish Grand Chapters on proper 
occasions. And we believe in the instances, herein referred to, that it is in 
the best interest of Royal Arch Masonry and this General Grand Chapter to take 
such action. 

Your Committee wishes to express the gratitude and obligation of this 
General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons to Dr. Theodor Vogel, Past 
Grand Master, and our District Deputy General Grand High Priest, for his 
unselfish services in promoting the Capitular Rite. 

Your Committee wishes to commend Companion Lawrence M. Tilton and 
Companion Mathado Uyeda for their zeal and industry and their devotion 
to Royal Arch Masonry. As proof of the zeal and excellent work of these 


companions, the Committee tails the attention of the General Grand Chapter 
to the tact that rokyo Chaptei started its work in earl) 1952, with twenty 
members, and now has sixty-three members and five petitions pending action 
lot membership; the) have exalted twenty-four candidates this year; and to 
further indicate the interest there, tin average attendance at Convocations 
is twenty-two. 1 he Chapter lias resources of over $1,000.00 without indebtedness. 
Mt. Fujii Chapter has approximatel) $500.00 in its treasur) without indebtedness. 
li is our understanding that a Chapter ol Royal Arch Masons is now func- 
tioning in [apan under the- Supreme Grand Ro\al Arch Chapter of Scotland 
and with the chartering of these Chapters, it will be a violation of Masonic 
comit) for Chapters to he established under any other jurisdiction." 


Wisconsin (1955) 

The following resolution was introduced: 

"Be it resolved that henceforth no Chaptei under the jurisdiction of the 
(.rand Chapter of the State of Wisconsin create any privileged class of member- 
ship or remit any portion of the clues of any member solely on the basis of 
length of membership in said Chaptei. and any member who has heretofore 
been termed a life member" and is enjoying the privilege of paying reduced 
dues ma\ continue in such status provided the Chapter in question, by positive 
action, determines to retain such members in said status and provided further 
that such members pay no less than 50% of the set dues of said Chapter or 
more as each Chapter may provide. 

I his resolution should become effective and binding on each Chapter after 
publication and notice and commencing with the next ensuing Masonic year." 


Victoria (1954) 

The First Grand Principal said: 

"From time to time very interesting letters are received from a few of our 
(.rand Representatives in foreign jurisdictions. Apart from the information 
contained in such letters, they furnish evidence that the writers at least are 
conscious of the compliment implied in their appointment and regular in their 
attendances at Convocations of the Grand Chapters to which they are respectively 
commissioned. Properly understood, the exchange of Grand Representatives 
between Sovereign Bodies in Masonry is not the meaningless custom which, 
I am afraid, so many suppose. The presence in Grand Chapter of these com- 
missioned Representatives of Sister Jurisdictions ought to be a constant reminder 
that, though possessing sovereign and unquestioned authority within our own 
territory, we are but one link in the chain of world-wide Royal Arch Masonry, 
bound to promote its solidarity and maintain its prestige and dignity. What- 
ever we may do to emphasize the theory that the conduct of our ceremonies, 
the enactment of our laws, and our general procedure are being carried out 
under the eves of our Sister (.rand Chapters must surely tend to broaden our 
outlook and make tor the betterment of this Supreme Degree. We are in 
fraternal relationship with over sixty Sister Grand Chapters, all of whom 
exchange representatives, \ct we rarely get more than fifty per cent attendance 
of these representatives at any Convocation. These Companions invariably hold 
high rank in this (.rand Chapter, and I urge them to attend. Some of them, 
by continued absence, have alread) come under the provisions of Regulation 45, 
clause H, but I am making this further appeal before discharging the unpleasant 
duty which is therein laid before me. I think that it would be desirable if all 
(.rand Representatives, expecting those who, for the time being, may be in 
active office in Grand Chapter, should be seated together (and in prominent 
position) in this Grand Chapter." 



Montana (1955) 

The Grand High Priest ruled: 

"Can a Companion be made a Life Member and be exempt from dues to 
Grand Chapter before he has been a member the full thirty-five years? 

One cannot become a Life Member and be exempt from Grand Chapter 
dues until thirty-five years after the date of his Exaltation. Chapters must pay 
dues for thirty-five years on any Companion before Grand Chapter recognizes 
him as a Life Member." 



Washington (1955) 

The Grand Secretary reported: 

"Attacks are constantly being made against our public schools. These attacks 
are made by those who seek to overthrow and destroy them and who would 
substitute therefore a system of private, and to some extent, a State supported 
educational and transportation system. They would have us believe that our 
public schools are Godless and immoral, and that their own particular religious 
creed and dogmas should be included in any educational program. This we 
cannot subscribe to nor support. I have yet to learn of any such system that 
can approach or even compare with, or has been as successful as ours. 

The structure of our Republic as a nation, rest squarely on the solid 
foundation of free education for all, regardless of race, creed or religion, and 
we as Freemasons, believe in and are bound to support this system. 

For several years past the Scottish Rite Bodies in this State have been 
actively engaged in this fight to preserve our schools. They have contributed 
money to the cause, and have kept their members informed with respect to 
candidates for office and proposed legislation. Can we of the York Rite do less? 

I believe that the Grand Chapter should take a definite stand in this 
matter, either by resolution or contribution, or both, and join with and support 
our Scottish Rite brethren in resisting any encroachment upon our school 

Masonry as such, does not enter into political or religious controversies, 
nor does it support any political or religious organization, but, when attacks 
are made against our government, our constitution or our schools by those who 
seek to destroy them, then it is our solemn duty, as Masons, to rise up and 
resist with every means within our power, any and all attempts which may 
be made against them." 


Pennsylvania (1954) 

The newly installed High Priest said: 

"I am particularly interested in the Tri-Square Camp for young boys from 
twelve to eighteen years of age, which was organized in 1937 and is presently 
sponsored by the Chapters of the Southeast Section. If this Camp was endorsed 
by Grand Chapter, it would be a step forward in a movement for Grand 
Chapter to have a project which would foster the training of these youths in 
good citizenship in a healthful and sportsmanshiplike atmosphere. Last summer 
a swimming pool was built at the Camp, which is a great improvement as well 
as an asset since it will enable them to rent the grounds to other organizations 
thereby bringing in additional income." 


Saskatchewan (1955) 

The Grand First Principal said: 

"In all Chapter \isiis m\ address to the members dwelt mostl) on the 
theme of Youth and our obligations to them. 1 tried to stress the necessity of 
the Companions taking an active pari in the guidance and leadership of our 
Youth, over and above that required ol all parents; lor I am firmly convinced 

that in these modern days the bovs and girls, more than ever before, need .i 
sympathetic understanding of their many problems, problems which we never 

had to contend with in our earl\ days." 


Wisconsin (1955) 

The State Deputy foi De Molay reported: 

1 he activities of DeMola\ are many. The greatest one being at this 
time again the sale driving campaign, which is headed by one of the local 
police captains, brother Elmer I.aurscn of Kan Claire." 

The (hand Chapter contributed S3.000.00 and the chapters ,|21.00 to this 

Rhode Island ( 1955) 

The ('•rand High Priest said: 

"It was decided to abandon the Grand Chapter objective of the Camp for 
De Molay boys due to a lack of interest by the boys. Different ideas were 
discussed and the committee was instructed to search for a more suitable 

Texas (1954) 
The Grand High Priest ruled: 

"On June 26. 1954, your Grand High Priest received a request for a ruling 
on the question of leasing space in the basement of a Masonic Temple, owned 
by a Ro\al Arch Chapter, to a club which would serve meals and drinks, etc., 
to its members, closing the club at approximately 8.00 p.m. each day. 

Although it was not stated, Ave assumed by 'drink' it was meant intoxicating 
beverages. The Grand Chapter law being silent, we referred this Chapter to 
Article 263 of the Constitution and Laws of the Grand Lodge of Texas, 
Decisions 'E', 'Q', and 'FF', which definitely, exclude the possibility of a club 
of this type from using or leasng any part of any Masonc Temple. 

Our ruling, therefore, was 'that it would not be for the best interest of 
Masonry, of which we are all a part, for this club to be housed in your 
Temple.'. We should never forget the fundamental teachings of our Organiza- 
tion, nor la\ ourselves open to criticism, which would surely follow, should a club 
of this t\pe be permitted to be housed in a Masonic building, even though 
the building is entirely owned b\ a Royal Arch Chapter." 

Michigan (1955) 

From the report of the committee on Jurisprudence this warning is quoted: 

" \ll dispensations issued by our Grand High Priest were for legal 
purposes and in proper form. We note however that a total of six special 
dispensations were issued to Pillar Chapter, No. 181, and all of them were to 
receive and ballot on petition or petitions at stated convocations (a total of 34 
petitions, . 

I his chaptei is to be commended for obtaining that number of petitions 
but the lavish and frequent granting of the special dispensations to process 
them is quite out of proportion to the purpose and intent of our law governing 
special dispensations. Such prolusion places special dispensations in the class of 
a common practice rather than that of a special privilege worthy of a dollar 
charge. I his lavishness your committee cannot condone and we recommend 
that luime Giand High Priests avoid a recurrence." 



Victoria (1954) 

The M. EM. First Grand Principal said: 

"May I impress on the Companions the necessity of honouring the toast 
of 'The Queen' in the most dignified and fitting manner possible, with 
absolute silence, glass in right hand, the left at the side, and remain in this 
position during the singing of the National Anthem. As this is a toast to be 
looked up to, the glass should be raised level with the eyes extended towards 
the Royal portrait, if there is one. Whilst in this position, and then only, the 
Companions say 'The Queen and the Craft'; each then partakes of his glass, 
sets it down quietly on the table, and remains standing, awaiting the order to 
be seated." 


Pennsylvania (1954) 

The Committee on Correspondence disagreed: 

"A number of Dispensations were issued for receiving and balloting on 
petitions at the same Convocation and we wonder when the investigations of 
the petitioners were made; also for Chapters to meet 'Under the Stars' and 'in 
an old quarry'. Do the Warrants of the Chapters state where the Chapter is 
to meet?" 

"M.E. Comp. Dund issued a special Dispensation to Delta Chapter to 
confer the M.M. Degree in a stone quarry at Weeping Willow; however he refused 
a Dispensation to Dueul Chapter to confer the M.E.M. degree in an open air 
meeting in a natural amphitheatre on a ranch, it being against the rules of 
Gd. Chapter to allow the M.E.M. or R.A. degree anywhere except the regular 
interpreted the laws to permit a public installation if a Chapter desired. 

(The capitalization in the above is this writer's, not Companion Reid's. 
(F.R.L.) Poor M.M. degree, has it become a lone orphan? Perhaps it would 
add to its impressiveness if it were conferred at a PUBLIC INSTALLATION." 


Pennsylvania (1954) 

The Grand High Priest said: 

"A number of York Rite Festivals have been held during the year by 
individual Chapters. There were no District classes although in a few cases, 
and for very special reasons, a candidate from another Chapter was permitted 
to join the class. They were all conducted in the presence of the Grand High 

In studying this controversial subject, I have found that the Chapters that 
conducted the festivals during the year have made it an annual event. The 
festival idea has helped them in many ways. It has given them publicity which 
is so sorely needed, it has given many members an opportunity to serve in the 
Chapter, on Committees and in other ways, so that they have a feeling of being 
an integral part of the Chapter and it has increased the attendance and created 
a better spirit of fellowship among the Companions. 

I am therefore of the opinion that the York Rite Festival has its place 
in Capitular Masonry but care should be taken to see that it is confined to 
the individual Chapter. 

I have always advocated that each Chapter should have one outstanding 
affair each year. That they should point to it and advertise it to the members 
so as to obtain maximum attendance and participation. The York Rite Festival 
is only one medium by which this can be accomplished. There are many other 
things that can be done and the officers of each Chapter should plan their 
programs for the year with this in mind." 


Nebraska (1954) 

The Chairman of Committee on Fraternal Correspondence reports: 

"Comment this year on this subject seems practically unanimous in Eavoi 
of what we in Nebraska consider a mosl worthwhile activity. If there be any 

who an- opposed. 1 tailed to detect their comment in my perusal of the various 
Proceedings, rhere are some, however, who feel that too mam Chapters have 
adopted Bob Burdette's definition ol the Methodists — coming along with a 
great rush and toai under the impetus ol some revival and then subsiding into 
quiescent inactivity until the next revival train comes thundering through. 
There can he no excuse lor any Chapter to withhold the conferral of degrees 
when candidates are available and reach merely to accumulate a 'class' for a 
Festival some time later, rhere ma\ he some more euphonious word for it, 
but to me it smacks of plain laziness 


Alberta (1955) 

The following report was made by M.E. Comp. Follett: 

I want to draw your attention to the fact that we have in Canada a 
Conference of Canadian (.rand Chapters, it is held, or has been held in the 
last eight years immediately following the meeting of Sovereign Great Priory of 
Canada in whatever city it has been held. 

Three years ago it was held in Banff, two years ago in Moncton, New 
Brunswick, last vear in Kingston, Ontario, and this summer in August it is 
going to he held in Toronto, Ontario. This Conference of Canadian Grand 
Chapters is made up of the Past Grand First Principals, the sitting three 
(.rand Principals and the Grand Scribe E, of all Grand Chapters in this 
Dominion, that is there are eight of them all together, any Royal Arch Mason 
whether he be Past Principal or an Officer of his Chapter or just a simple 
Ro\al Arch Mason, is heartily welcome to come to any of these Conferences, 
to listen to what is given the papers, to take part in the discussions, to ask 
questions and to generally behave the same as you do in ordinary Chapters, 
except that unless you are a member you do not get an opportunity to vote. 

Coming up this year there has been referred to by our Grand First 
Principal the fact that last year at Kingston a resolution was brought forth 
by the Grand First Principal of Canada asking for a very drastic change to be 
made in the methods of our meetings. One thing they wanted to do was 
suggested that we meet every two years instead of every year and another 
suggestion was that we meet not after Sovereign Great Priory, hut that we meet 
in conjunction with some Grand Chapter, that is for instance at this meeting 

The matter has been referred to ever) Grand Chapter in the Dominion for 
their opinions, ours was taken last evening and a copy has been forwarded 
to the Committee that is dealing with this at the next meeting, other Grand 
Chapters have done the same thing. 

The big objection to the two year period is this, we have eight Grand 
Chapters, if we meet ever) two years Uberta would have the opportunity of 
having that conference once ever) sixteen years, and I think that we can do 
better than that h\ staying as we are, besides that, the only Grand Chaptei 
that does not elect their Officers annually, is the Grand Chapter of Ontario. 
ind they elect their (.land First Principal every two years. So there will be 
in off year so to speak. The Grand First Principal of the other Chapters 
ivould not have an opportunity to attend as official delegates, these are a lew 
3f the points coming up and I want to give you this notice that this conference 


is being held in Toronto immediately following the Sovereign Great Priory 
meeting August 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. 

Any of you who should be in Toronto will be heartily welcome to the 
conference of The Canadian Grand Chapter." 

British Columbia (1955) 

The Grand First Principal reported: 

Conference of the Grand Chapters of the Royal Arch Masons in Canada 

"Owing to pressure of business I found myself unable to attend the 
conference of the Grand Chapters held this year in Kingston, Ontario. In 
view of the slight benefits received from our membership therein, and in view 
of the contribution made by this Grand Chapter to this body, with some 
hesitation I express a doubt as to the value of continued membership of this 
Grand Chapter in conference. 
The Report of the Committee on the Grand Z's Address concurred: 

"We find ourselves in agreement with the Grand First Principal in his 
questioning of the value of this Grand Chapter's Membership in the Conference 
of Grand Chapterso f Canada. We too hold the opinion that our participation 
in this Conference provides very little in the form of worthwhile interest and 
benefit, particularly to our general membership, to warrant a continuance of 
our association with it." 

CANADA 1955 

For reference to this subject see pages 33, 34, 35, 36 Proceedings. 

Manitoba (1955) 

"It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. J. F. Irwin, seconded by Ex. Comp. A. 
L. Lamont, and carried, that this Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Manitoba 
in annual assembly reaffirm its desire to continue membership in the Conference 
of Grand Chapters of Canada and that this Grand Chapter continue to pay the 
regular per capital assessment and name an official delegate to all conferences. 

New Brunswick (1955 

"Your Grand Scribe E., having been appointed by the Most Ex. Grand Z., 
Dr. D. A. Somerville, official delegate to attend the eighth Conference to be 
held at La Salle Hotel, Kingston, Ontario, August 24th and 25th, 1954, duly 
arrived there about noon on the 24th. The Conference which was to get under 
way that afternoon was postponed until the evening. Rt. Ex. Companion H. 
Pickering, the President, declared the Conference duly opened at 8.00 o'clock, 
preceeded by supper at which 26 Companions were present representing all 
eight Grand Chapters of Canada. 

After routine order of business the following Resolution Committee was 

M.E. Companions, H. F. Sipprell (Nova Scotia) , Lome Johnson (Saskat- 
chewan) , Dr. J. V. Follett (Alberta) , J. F. Irwin (Manitoba), W. J. Edwards 
(Quebec), R. E. Crawford (New Brunswick) , J. A. M. Taylor (Canada), J. L. 
House for British Columbia. 

Several papers were presented and discussed which were received and 

A paper presented by M. Ex. Companion J. A. M. Taylor: 'What the 
Conferences have accomplished during its eight years of existence and proposed 
recommendations for reorganization.' 

This paper was listened to with considerable interest. On motion it was 
received and the following Committee appointed to bring back report to the 
Conference the following morning: Dr. J. V. Follett (Alberta) , Chairman; R. V. 
Conover (Canada) and H. F. Sipprell (Nova Scotia) . 

The meeting adjourned at 11.00 o'clock to meet the next morning at 9.00 

Wednesday morning, ( onference resumed. 

Committee Report: h was decided that as there was not sufficient time to 
thoroughly stud) the man) changes proposed thai cop) of this paper be 
forwarded to the various Grand Chapters, the) t<> send to Special Committee 
their findings. 

Your Grand Scribe l .. upon receipt of cop) referred it to the Executive 
Committee. ["he following Special Committee was appointed by R. Ex. 
President, authorizing them to act; M. Ex. A. ('. Lemmon, M. Ex, J. W. Duncan, 
R. Ex. I. 1. Bayley, Grand Scribe E. replacing the latter. In co-operation with 
the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia a memo signed by committees of both Grand 
Chapters was forwarded to the Conference Committee chairman and as noted 
n Executive Committee Report the action of Special Committee was confirmed, 
ind as this matter does not effect the sovereignity of any of our (.rand 
Chapters all papers in connection with this matter be filed. For full account 
>l this matter, please refer to pages 4 to 8, 1 1 to 17 in proceedings of Conference 
received l>\ your Grand Scribe E. April 4th, and one copy each mailed out to 
all members «>t Executive Committee and each Scribe E. of our Chapters 
April 11th. 

As this is wholl) a matter to be dealt with and disposed of at next Con- 
ference I can see no need lor any discussion of the affair in this Grand Chapter. 

As tin- next Conference is to beheld at Toronto following the Annual 
Assembl) of Sovereign Great Prior) in August, and as your Grand Scribe E., 
has been official delegate and attended six of the eight Conferences, I feel 
that somebody else should be delegate. 1 recommend therefore that the official 
delegate be named from one of our Excellent Companions attending Gnat 
Priory, he to remain over the extra day to attend at Conference. 

The nominating committee recommended the following slate of Officers 
for the ensuing vear:— President, Dr. J. V. Follett (Alberta; Vice-President, 
\\ . \ \V\born (Manitoba); Secretary-Treasurer, A. A. Wilson (Saskatchewan); 
Executive. W. J. Edwards (Quebec); j. L. House (Canada-Ontario) ; Don Adams 
British Columbia); H. F. Sipprell (Nova Scotia) ; R. E. Crawford (New 
Brunswick) . 

There being no further nominations the above slate was declared elected. 
Other papers were presented and adopted. 

On motion Conference was adjourned at 11.50 a.m. 

1 hose present were entertained at dinner by The Grand Chapter of Canada 
to conclude the Conference." 

Nova Scotia 

The report of the official Delegate was as follows: 

" \s Official Delegate. 1 most enthusiastically endorse the worth of the 
conference; the horizons broadened b\ valuable papers and stimulating discus 
sions and the fraternal relations strengthened by personal contacts with Capitular 
leaders from the other Canadian jurisdictions surel) fill a \er\ necessary place 
in our far-flung Canadian Royal Arch Masonry. 1 am certain that other 
Companions who have been privileged to share in the deliberations of the 
conference will join with me in trusting thai this Grand Chapter will continue 
to adhere to the conference of the (.rand Chapters of Royal Arch Masons in 


The Report of the official Delegate in pari was: 

"The paper submitted b) M. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor was the cause 
of serious discussion, and it was ImalK resolved, that this paper should be 
submitted to the- various Grand Chapters for their consideration and for them 
to report at the next Conference to be held in Toronto, Onl., August 10th, 1955. 

In view of the important business in connection with this report, it was 
moved, seconded and unanimousl) carried that the Delegates attending the 
Ioionto Conference will pa) their own expenses, until the various items covered 
are fmallx disposed of." 



General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 

The Report of the Committee is quoted: 

"This General Grand Chapter enjoys fraternal relationship with the follow- 
ing Grand Chapters, British Columbia, England and Wales, Ireland, New. 
Brunswick, New South Wales, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Queensland, 
Scotland, Victoria and West Australia. From the proceedings and literature 
published by these Grand Chapters it is gratifying to learn that in all of the 
Grand Jurisdictions Royal Arch Masonry continues to show great vitality and 
substantial growth, due, no doubt, to the excellent leadership it enjoys and 
the prominent place our Order occupies in the Masonic structure. 

During the past three years correspondence of the most friendly nature 
has passed between members of your Committee and the Grand Secretaries of 
other Grand Jurisdictions and members of this Committee have, on several 
occasions, paid fraternal visits to Sister Grand Chapters, where they were most 
cordially received. On more than one occasion the writer has attended the 
Royal Arch Conference of the Canadian Grand Chapters and has pointed out 
to the Conference the very great contribution which is being made by the 
General Grand Chapter in spreading the gospel of Royal Arch Masonry through- 
out the world. Those Canadian Grand Chapters, who are not now affiliated 
with us, are friendly and interested in our welfare and it is the hope of your 
Committee that they will decidein due time to unite with us to the end that 
Capitular Masonry on this Continent may show a united front, a confederation 
of Royal Arch Masons marching forward with a unity of purpose in the service 
of the Royal Craft. 

In reading the proceedings and literature published by the Grand Chapter 
of England, one cannot fail to be impressed with the fact that under the English 
interpretation the Royal Arch Degree is definitely the completing part of the 
Master's Degree and under the English system no Master Mason has completed 
the Master's Degree until he has received the Degree of the Holy Royal Arch. 
The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England and Wales, the Earl of 
Scarborough, is also the First Grand Principal of the Grand Chapter of England, 
and Sir Sidney White is the Secretary of both Grand Bodies. The connection 
is so close that no Companion is eligible to be elected to the Principal's chair 
of a Royal Arch Chapter who is not at the time of selection the actual Master 
or Past Master of a Craft Lodge, and when the writer was in England in April 
last, a movement was underway to require every lodge officer to take the 
Royal Arch Degree before he could preside as Master. It is universally agreed 
among Freemasons that all pure and unadultered Ancient Craft Masonry 
emanates from the Mother Grand Lodge of England, and, therefore, Free- 
masonry as practiced in England, might well be regarded as a guide for us 
to follow." 





Past High Priest of Marion Chapter No. 62 of Marion, Ohio 
Delivered at the Annual Dinner of the Grand Chapter 

Companions. I have been asked to speak to you this evening about the 
IBOSl colorful, most spectacular degree of York Rite Masonry, the Most Excellent 
Master's Degree. 

rhe Degree of Most Excellent Master is peculiarly American. It is said 
to be the invention of Thomas Smith Webb, who organized the capitular system 
of Masonry in this country. Feeling the system lacked something to give it 
completeness, he introduced this degree, making the Temple of King Solomon 
the entire subject of the degree. His monitor published in 1797, is said to be 
the first published account of the degree. 

The time allotted to us on this occasion will not permit us to delve too 
deeply into the teachings of the Degree. It is outstanding for the fact that 
is brings out the religious nature of Masonry more realistically than any other 
Degree, and its presentations should make a deep and lasting impression on 
the mind of the candidate. 

In the beginning, let us briefly review the Degree. In the opening we are 
reminded that the earth is the Lord's, and we who dwell therein are His 
children. This is an all-important lesson man needs to learn. For generations 
he lias been saving these words, but has either failed to grasp their true meaning 
or has simpl) ignored them. We are also reminded that clean hands and a pure 
heart untouched by vanity and deceit are still necessary requirements to stand 
in the Holy Place of the Lord; and if we hope for blessings to flow from the 
God of our salvation, we must lift up our heads and open the gates of our 
hearts so the King of Glory can come in. 

There is also a note of warning and a touch of sadness in the opening 
of the Degree, for we are reminded of the uncertainty of life — that in the very 
midst of life, duty and usefulness we may be overtaken with death, as was 
Hiram the Builder, whose sun of life suddenly went down at noon, and the 
important place he occupied in the building of the Temple was made vacant 
bv those who through greed for gain and lust for power sought advantage over 
their fellow men. We are encouraged to imitate his worthy example by being 
true to every trust reposed in us. 

The Prologue sets forth the various events that take place in the presenta- 
tion of the Degree, and about which the Degree revolves. They include: 

1 . The completion of the Temple. 

2. The furnishing of the Sanctum and the seating of the Ark in the Sanctum 
Sanctorum of Holy of Holies. 

3. The dedication of the Temple to the only true and living God. 
Each of these events took place at separate and distinct times, and the 

portrayal of each event brings out the important lessons the Degree contains. 
Here is set forth the reason for the Temple, what it contained, and the important 
part it played in the lives of the people of the Jewish nation of its day. The 
representation of God's presence as portrayed in the dedication is the crowning 
glory of the Degree. 

The second section of the Degree opens with the completion of the Temple, 
marked by the placing of a keystone in the arch. This portion of the Degree- 
is not the most spectacular, but it is indeed of outstanding importance. The 
building is now complete. At last God has a permanent dwelling place in the 
midst of His chosen people. Leaders and prophets alike had longed for the 
dawning of such a day. when the tribes would be united into a strong nation 
ruled over by a good and wise king, and the worship of the One True God, 


their Creator and Deliverer, firmly established in the very heart of the kingdom. 
The workmen and people alike had reason to say: 'All hail to the morning 
that bids us rejoice,' for such an accomplishment deserved rejoicing. 

Some 30 days after the Temple was completed (at the feast in the month 
of Ethanim, the seventh month) Solomon called together the elders of Israel 
who, together with the priest and Levites, brought up the sacred treasures 
and holy vessels to furnish the Temple. When all were in their proper places 
in the Sanctum, the priest brought in the Ark of the Covenant, borne on their 
shoulders, and placed it in the Holy of Holies under the outstretched wings 
of the Cherubim. 

About six months after the Temple was furnished and the Ark seated in 
the Holy of Holies at the Feast of Tabernacles, Solomon dedicated the Temple 
in a great display of pomp and ceremony. The offerings were placed on the 
altar, the priest and Levites were all in their stations, then Solomon ascended 
a brazen scaffold and offered up the prayer of dedication, at the close of which 
fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering. Smoke filled 
the house so the priests could not enter. The assembled multitude bowed their 
heads, unable to brave the splendor of the flood of light that shone from 
the Temple marking God's presence. 

The Degree closes with the admonition that so ought we dedicate our 
spiritual temples to the service of the Supreme Being, that when we leave this 
for that distant country, we may there receive the wages of faithful craftsmen. 

In order to have a better concept of the Degree of Most Excellent Master, 
it is necessary to go back to Ur of the Chaldeans, and the call of Abraham, 
for here starts the story of Redemption, 2000 years after the Creation and' 
the fall of men, and 400 years after the flood. In a world lapsed into idolatry 
and wickedness, God called Abraham to become the founder of a movement 
having for its object the reclamation and redemption of mankind. 

Abraham was a righteous man and a believer in God. He was promised 
that his descendants should inherit the land of Canaan, that they would become 
a great nation and that through them all nations would be blessed. Answering 
the call of God, Abraham gathered his people and possessions together and 
started on the long journey towards the land God would show him. The first 
stop was Haran. Then followed Schechem, Bethel, Hebron, and Beershaba, 
which was a place of seven wells on the southernmost border of Canaan, some 
20 miles southwest of Hebron and 150 miles from Egypt. The semi-desert 
country, like the Negab, with plenty of water, was an ideal location for flocks 
and herds. Here Abraham, Isaac and Jacob dwelt much of the time. 

Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah, his wife, was 90 when Isaac was born. 
While Isaac was still a lad, God ordered Abraham to offer up his only son 
as a human sacrifice, to test his faith. True to the voice of God, Abraham 
took Isaac and the material for the sacrifice to Mt. Moriah. There on the 
limestone top of the mountain he built an altar and placed his son upon it, 
but as he was about to strike the fatal blow, God stayed his hand, providing 
a substitute of a ram caught in the bushes. This mountain top was later to 
become the site of Solomon's Temple, and upon this stone rested the brazen 
altar of sacrifice in the Court of the Temple. Today this stone is enshrined 
in the Mosque of Omar, or Dome of the Rock, in city of Jerusalem. 

Isaac, the son of Abraham, continued to worship the God of his father, 
and in turn passed this worship on to his son Jacob, who became the father 
of the twelve tribes of Israel. 

Joseph, one of the younger, favored sons of Jacob, was considered a dreamer 
by his older brethren, and being jealous of the favours bestowed on him by 
their father, disposed of him by selling him to a passing caravan. They told 
their father a lion had killed the lad and produced his bloodstained coat 
of many colors to prove his death. Joseph won favour in the land of Egypt 
by interpreting the dreams of the Pharaoh, and became a powerful ruler in 
the land. Years later the land of Canaan was threatened with famine, and the 
sons of Jacob went into Egypt, seeking food for their families and flocks. 
Joseph there revealed himself to them and invited them to bring their father, 


their t ami lies, some seventy souls, and Huh Hocks and settle in the land of 
Goshen. Here- the) became herdsmen, tor Pharaoh's cattle, and soon they were 
permanently established in the land oi Egypt where they remained for 430 years, 

After the death o\ Joseph, the Pharaoh who came to the throne of Egypt 
began to tear thai this rapidly growing, nomadic colony, who at the time 
of the Exodus numbered three million men. women and children, might grow 
to the point where the) could overpower the Egyptians and take the land for 
themselves. In ordei to suppress them, they were reduced to a state slaver) 
and with the slave lahoi Phaiaoh hnih tin- store cities of Pithom and Raamses. 
To further reduce the race he ordered that all male children of a certain age 
he killed. 

Hope of the realit) o\ Cods promises to \braham that He would make 
if him a great nation must have seemed \er\ dim to these people, smarting 
under the lash ol Egyptian task masters, their children put to death, then 
one day a Jewish mother plaited an ark ot reeds, daubing it with pitch so it 
would Moat. Into this crude boat she placed her new-born son, and hid it 
among the bulrushes. I here, either by chance or design, Pharaoh's daughter 
found the child, and. loving the little fellow, adopted him as her son, educating 
him in the court of Pharaoh as a prince of Egypt. Later we see Moses as a 
young man striking down one of the Egyptian task masters for the cruel treat- 
ment he was inflicting upon the Jewish people. Because of this he was forced 
to flee from Egypt, and found refuge in the house of Jethro, a priest of Midian. 
He later married one of Jethro's daughters and took charge of the flocks of 
his father-in law. Hidden from the eyes of men in the wilderness vastness, 
he was not hidden from the eye of God, who spoke to him through the burning 
bush, directing him to return to Egypt and liberate His people by bringing 
them out of their bondage into the land God had promised to Abraham. 

Alter much persuasion and many plagues, Moses was able to lead the 
children of Isreal through the Red Sea into the wilderness. Here on Mt. Sinai, 
Moses received the law from the Hand of God. Here also he erected the 
Tabernacle, or tent of meeting as a dwelling place for God in the center of 
the camp. Here was constructed the Ark of the Covenant, made of acacia wood 
overlaid with gold. Within the Ark were placed the table of the law, together 
with Aaron's rod and a pot of manna, symbols of their miraculous deliverance 
from bondage and of Cod's divine provision for their needs. An altar of incense 
for prayer, a seven branched candlestick for light in the holy place and a table 
for showbread comprised the furnishings of the Tabernacle. 

During their wandering in the wilderness, Moses was gradually able to bind 
the nomadic tribes into a strong nation. He provided a code of laws for their 
government. The Tabernacle in their midst united them in the worship of 
the one God. 

After the death of Moses, Joshua led the vast band of people into the 
promised land. After the land was conquered, each tribe took up the land 
allotted as its inheritance. In so doing, their unity was broken, each tribe 
becoming independent of the others. Their success had removed the need of 
united effort. Each tribe set up its own place of worship. Soon the Tabernacle 
fell into the disuse. The Ark and the holy vessels were kept in the homes 
of the priestly families. This condition continued through the rule of the 
Judges, until finally under the leadership of the prophet Samuel, the people 
asked for a king to rule over them. Said, son of Kish of the tribe of Benjamin, 
was chosen to be their king. He was able to do very little in uniting the 
people except in war against their enemies. He later refused to obey the voice 
of Cod spoken through the mouth of Samuel, and because of his disobedience, 
Samuel anointed David, son of Jesse, to become king in his stead. Then 
followed hitter rivalry between the two leaders. Factions grew up among the 
people. Isreal was torn by revolution within and the threat of enemies from 
without. In battle against the Phillistines ol Mt. Cilboa, Jonathon, Said's son 
was slain, and seeing the battle was lost, fell upon his own sword and died. 
The leadership of the entire nation now came in the hands of David. 

As he began to win the tribes to his following he realized the) needed 
something to bring them together in a strong bond of unity. Moses, during the 


wilderness journey, had held them together by placing the Tabernacle in the 
center of the camp. Why not now erect a permanent dwelling place for God 
in Jerusalem, making it the center of Israel's religious life as it was the political 
center? The prophet Nathan prevented him from carrying out his idea because 
he was a man of blood and war. However, he set up the Tabernacle on 
Mt. Ophel in the city of Jerusalem. Into it he gathered the sacred treasures 
and holy vessels used by Moses in the wilderness and brought up the Ark 
from the house in Kirjath Jearim, where it had rested since it had been returned 
by the Philistines, who had captured it in battle against the Israelites years 
before. This Tabernacle remained in use until Solomon's Temple was erected. 
David set about making vast preparations for the building of the Temple. 
He amassed a great treasure of gold, silver and jewels, fine twined linen and 
all kinds of building material, estimated in our monetary values at something 
between 2 and 5 billion dollars. 

Shortly after Solomon came to the throne, the foundation of the Temple 
was laid on Mt. Moriah. From Hiram, king of Tyre, a friend of his father 
David, Solomon secured the services of a renowned architect, Hiram Abbiff, 
a widow's son of the tribe of Naphtali. Under his skillful direction, thousands 
of workmen toiled seven years in building the Temple and its courts. Solomon 
poured the wealth of the Kingdom into his great building program. Neighboring 
princes seeking favours of the powerful ruler in Jerusalem added wives to his 
harem and wealth to his kingdom. In the outside world it was the age of 
Homer, the beginning of Greek history. Egypt, Assyria and Babylon were weak 
nations. Isreal was the most powerful kingdom in all the world, Jerusalem the 
most beautiful city, and the Temple the most, costly and splendid building 
on earth. They came from the ends of the earth to hear Solomon's wisdom 
and behold his glory. The famous queen of Sheba exclaimed 'The half was not 
told me.' The prosperity of Solomon's reign made gold as common as stone in 
Jerusalem. His annual income was enormous. His guards wore bucklers of gold 
and carried gold shields. All the vessels of his palace were of gold. His throne 
was of ivory overlaid with gold. Vast quantities ot gold were used in making 
the vessels and utensils for the Temple and the wails, floor and ceiling of 
the inside of the Temple were overlaid with pure gold. 

The completion of the Temple was indeed a glorious da v. It not only 
marked the completion of the most beautiful edifice in the world, it also 
marked the very peak of Israel's greatness. The Temple like a keystone in 
an arch, was to bind the nation together in a solid unity. In order to preserve 
this unity, Solomon outlawed all other places of worship in the kingdom, 
making Jerusalem the religious and political center of the kingdom. The people 
were required to come there to attend certain feasts, to keep their unity alive, 
and strong. 

The dedication of the Temple took place about six months after it was 
completed. This ceremony was marked by a great display of pomp and splendor. 
Faithful Jews from all over the known world flocked into Jerusalem for this 
occasion. All were filled with awe and admiration as they beheld the magni- 
ficence of the city and its beautiful Temple. For the sacrifice of the dedication 
Solomon had assembled 22,000 head of oxen and 120,000 head of sheep (142,000 
animals) to be offered during this feast. 

When all was prepared for the ceremony, Solomon ascended a brazen scaffold 
and offered up a devout prayer of dedication. When he had ended the prayer, 
fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, 
and the glory of the Lord filled the Lord's house, and the people saw the fire 
come down and the glory of the Lord upon the Temple. They bowed down with 
their faces to the earth on the pavement and worshipped and gave thanks 
to God for His goodness and mercy towards them. 

Bright was the hour when Isreal's princes in their power knelt in the Temple 
courts. The dedication of the Temple was the crowning glory of the reign of 
Solomon, for soon he broke away from the worship of the God who had blessed 
his reign so richly. His foreign wives introduced strange religions in Israel, and 
soon he joined them in pagan worship. The expense of maintaining his house- 


hold and building program burdened the people with heavj taxes. \s his reign 
drew so a i lose-, rebellion and strife were growing among the tribes, and soon 
after his death the kingdom was divided, nevei again to be united. Israel 
and Judea were finally overrun and conquered and the remple dedicated with 
such pomp and ceremon) was destroyed 1>\ Nebuchadnezzai in 586 B.C. 

rhe da\ in which ui 1 i\ i- is idled with 'isms' and ideologies. Men's lives 
are tided with fear and insecurty. rurmoil, greed and selfishness are Leading 
our world to war and desolation. The peoples of the earth are divided. Fear 
and mistrust of each other keeps ever widening the breach between nations. 
The world is in need of a keystone thai will hind people of all nations together 
in a common bond of fellowship and brotherly love. Out of our rubbish-filled 
world we need to bring forth the keystone of faith — faith in God, faith in our 
fellow man. and faith in ourselves, lo this faith we need to add prayer and 
intelligent thinking, and develop a willingness lo give and serve others without 
the expectation of reward. Each of us needs to open the gates to the innermost 
recesses ol our hearts ami minds and there install the Ark of Cod's divine love, 
and let the Schechinah of his presence in our lives shine out that all the world 
ma\ see. 




Deputy Grand High Priest 
(.land Royal \rch Chapter of Massachusetts 

'"I have chosen as m\ topic, 'Masonry and the Military,' not only hecause 
both of these are close to m\ heart, but hecanse historically they have meant 
a great deal to each other. Although Masons are generally not verv familiar 
with this subject, volumes could he written about the various phases, such as 
'Military lodges.' 'Military-Masonic Anecdotes,' 'Influence of the Military of 
Earl} Masonry,' 'Masonry's Contributions to the Military in World Wars I 
and II.' and so on. However, my purpose is merely to present a hircl's-eve 
view ol the field without, I trust, becoming involved in too much academic detail. 

According to an 18th Century ballad— 

'Our God and soldier Ave alike adore 
[usl at the brink of ruin, not before; 
The danger past, both are alike requitted, 
Cod is forgotten, and the soldier slighted.' 

Whether or not this sentiment expresses any truth, I do not attempt to 
decide, but it does seem to be a fact that the contributions made by our military 
and naval Brethren to our great Fratcrnitv have been little known or recognized. 
Perhaps this is due to the lack of records, and the paucity of returns and reports, 
so typical of the early days of Speculative Masonry. 

There's another old quotation, paying a glowing tribute to the military 
man's contribution to civilization, which I'd like to present at this point. 

'Neither in ancient nor in modern times has the schoolmaster made a single 
sicp ol progress except by holding on to the skirts of the soldier's coat. Regular 
armies gave the Inst check to the barbarism of the Middle Ages, and it was 
under theii protection alone that arts, s<i<nee. commerce and industry grew up 
and extended in Europe.' 

As you ma) have guessed, this was written by a soldier, a Major General 
Mitchell ot the British \im\. However one may react to his extravagant 
sentiment, it is undoubtedly true that in the early growth and expansion of 
Freemasonry, the military, and more particularly the British \im\. played a 


great and important part. We owe much to the manner in which its regiments, 
in the 18th century, not only adopted the practice of Masonry, hut literally 
caiiicd it to all four corners of the earth. 

In those clays, the lot of the soldier was not an enviable one. He was often 
enlisted for life, or even impressed against his will, and, likely as not, his 
companions were criminal or disreputable characters. His pay was poor and 
uncertain, and the comfortable barracks and living conditions of today were 
unknown. Serving away from home, perhaps in colonial areas, he lacked the 
wholesome influence of family and friends. There were no rapid transportation 
and communication facilities, mails were exceedingly slow, and, of course, radio 
and television were two centuries away. Likewise, there were no organized 
activities or entertainment as are provided for today's serviceman. And, to make 
matters worse, when not engaged in war or manoeuvres, time was altogether 
too plentiful. 

It is not surprising, therefore, that Freemasonry, which taught and practiced 
all the moral and social virtues, had an irresistible appeal. It tended to provide 
him with a practical answer to "the coarseness of his life and the harshness of 
its discipline/ It helped satisfy his gregarious life and the harshness of it. 
It helped satisfy his gregarious instincts, eased his rough and monotonous daily 
existence, and gave him a finer outlook based upon the highest moral philosophy 
known to man. 

The first distinctly Military Lodge of which we have any record was 
established at Gibraltar in 1728. However, this was stationary, rather than 
ambulatory, in character. The first warrant creating a travelling or ambulatory 
lodge was issued in 1732 to the regiment, later known as the Royal Scots, by 
the Grand Lodge of Ireland. From that date on, Military Lodges were organized 
within the British Army in ever increasing numbers. In fact, these 'moveable' 
lodges were at one time familiar institutions in the armies of many nations. 
From a social point of view, they were like regimental clubs wherein men of 
every rank, who had become members, could mingle together as equals. One 
of their chief purposes was to strengthen the bonds of friendship amongst 
the officers and men. They also provided a place and an opportunity for the 
men in uniform to again become, if only temporarily, an independent individual, 
rather than just an indistinguishable cog in a vast human machine. 

Robert F. Gould, the noted English Masonic historian and himself a soldier 
of distinction, has pointed out that the Grand Lodges vied with one another in 
warranting ambulatory military lodges. This was especially so as regards the 
two Grand Lodges of England, the Ancients and the Moderns, between 1753 
and 1813, the date of the reconciliation. The Grand Lodge of Scotland had 
created its first military lodge in 1743. In all. a total of between four and five 
hunched military lodges were formed under the authority of the Irish, English 
and Scottish Grand Bodies. 

There were lodges in every branch and division of the land service, and 
not to forget our naval Brethren, there were several 'sea' lodges formed, both 
on board warships and on terra firma. Often, one would find a number of 
lodges attached to one regiment, usually distributed among its battalions, and 
sometimes even lodges chartered by different Grand Lodges existed side by side 
in the same regiment. Occasionally, they were established for, or limited to, 
different ranks, such as private, or non-commissioned officers, or officers, but 
this segregation was not widespread. For example, the records of one British 
military lodge shows a private as Master and his Captain as Junior Warden. 

Holding these ambulatory warrants, they met wherever their members found 
themselves, in the mother country or almost anywhere in the world — Europe, 
America, Asia, Africa or Australia — wherever the regiment happened to be. 
Sometimes, local Freemasons' Halls were made available, but more often they 
held their sessions in taverns. This was not unusual even for civilian lodges, 
as taverns in those days were social centres. Sometimes barns and tents were 
used, at least in some foreign lands. 

It is indeed unfortunate, though not at all surprising, that practically all 
Tecords and paraphernalia of British Army Lodges has disappeared. Only the 


Grand Lodge ol England lias .1 few minute hooks 01 records ol such bodies; 
there are none in the Irish and Scottish archives. I his was due mainl) to the 
hazards and conditions necessarih incident to the military service. F01 example, 
one Milium Lodge lost all but one member in a shipwreck and he preserved 
the charter; after the regiment Has again recruited, the Lodge was revived but 
onl) to lose again in battle all but three Brethren. It must also be said 
dun the Grand Lodges themselves apparently did not insisi on regulai reports 
ami communications. 

Generally, Military Lodges were not peimitted to initiate civilians. How 

ever, this was not always the ease, ami man\ non milhai v persons in various 
parts ol the world, became Masons in such lodges. Conversely, man) civilian 
lodges accepted persons in the aimed forces within their told. 1 hns. there 
developed a \er\ friendly relationship between the Military Lodges and the 
stationary civilian lodges the) encountered in their touts of service. Vn instance 
where an \im\ Lodge conferred a lasting fraternal benefit on a community 
occurred in Ubany, Wn York, in 1759. When the- lodge attached to the British 
battalion there left, its members granted an exact cop) ol their Irish warrant 
to some of the citi/ens. who formed their own lodge- on this authority. Years 
later, tin- lodge became Ml- Vernon Lodge No. 3 on the tolls of the (.rand 
I odge ol \t w York. 

\s a rule, thes< lodges were particular in the quality of met) they accepted. 
\s they lived and worked togethei constantly, the members were in an unusually 
good position to know the real worth of each applicant. If a soldier had been 
found guilt) b) a courtmartial of a crime such as cowardice, theft, mutiny, or 
desertion, he was not eligible lor Masonry. 

Without a doubt, the greatest contribution made by Military lodges in the 
18th and 19th centuries were the spreading of the ideals and organization of 
Freemasonr) throughout the civilized world, especially in the British possessions. 
Masonr) flourished wherever the armed forces were stationed for any length 
of time. It is faith certain thai they introduced our heloved Craft into India. 
Australia, Japan, and othei farawa) lands. But it is here in North America that 
i\\l\ had their greatest influence and effect. 

It has been estimated that prior to the American Revolution there were 
more than li't\ Militar) Lodges activel) functioning at different times and 
places in the Colonies, a number ol which had been formed by Provincial 
(.land lodges. The latter were beginning to offer competition to the Mother 
(.rand Lodges, at least in this regard. Our own Jurisdiction of Massachusetts 
lias the distinction of having erected the first American Military Lodge when, in 
17"t>. ii granted a warrant to Richard Gridley, to he used in the expedition 
against (town Point. However, most of the lodges had come to America with 
the British troops beginning with the French and Indian Wars. Present day 
Masonr) in Canada, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland is directly traceable to 
Militar) Lodges, while in our own country, Freemasonry from its earliest davs. 
followed the flag in ever) direction. 

Military- Masoni( stones and anecdotes constitute one of the most fascinating 
fields of all Masonic literature. I he history of many of the wars of the last 
two hundred years is Idled with reports of courtesies and assistance rendered 
10 one another h\ Brethren in the opposing lorces. Main of these are known 
to he true, and it is quite possible that main more of them are not myths, 
hut legends, originating in fact and carried down through the years by word of 
mouth. After all. that is the traditional method of preserving and teaching the 
veiv seuets ol Freemasonry. 1 hose who arc inclined to doubt, should remember 
that much ot earl) Masonic histoiv was never recorded on paper. 

A widelv publicized Masonic siorv centers aboil I Joseph Branch, the Mohawk 
Indian, who had visited England where he had been initiated into the mysteries 
ot Freemasonry. As Chiei ol the Six Nations, lie fought on the side of the 
Biitish during the Revolution and once took captive a Captain McKinstiv. 
When lie was about to he burned at the slake h\ the Indians, Mclxinstrv <^avc 
the Mason's sign of distiess. I he Chief thereupon freed his Masonic Brother 
and had him returned to his people. 


The number of Army lodges, both British and American, probably increased 
to 200 during the Revolutionary War. Some of them have highly interesting 
histories, but it would be beyond the scope of this paper to attempt to fully 
recount them. 

The eminent Masonic historian, J. Hugo Tatsch, who was personally well 
known to many of you, relates the story of an unusual Military Lodge in 
Virginia during the Revolution. It was organized and attended by Hessian 
officers attached to the British forces, and it worked in the German language. 

A word about the French prisoners' lodges. Between 1740 and 1815, the 
French and British were almost constantly at war all over the globe. Free- 
masonry was popular among the French, and their armies had a great many 
regimental lodges. During this period, thousands of Frenchmen were compelled 
to spend considerable time in Britain as prisoners of war, but their lodges 
continued to operate— effectively relieving the dullness of their lives. Naturally 
their discussions and ritual weie carried on in their mother language. There 
is ample evidence to show that British Masons, in many ways, demonstrated 
their sympathetic interest in their fraternal Brethren among the captives, 
thus giving many a French prisoner good cause to rejoice over his membership 
in the Craft. 

Certainly the most famous of the American Military Lodges is American 
Union Lodge, originally chartered in 1776 by St. John's Provincial Grand Lodge 
of Boston. When organized it met in Roxbury, but thereafter its sessions Avere 
held in many places as the fortunes of war rolled first one way and then the 
other. The names of a number of distinguished soldiers of the Revolution 
were on its roster of members. In 1779, this lodge proposed George Washington 
as General Grand Master of Masons in the United States, the first of several 
such suggestions that were made. Had the ideal of one supreme authority for 
all United States Masonry been adopted, the future results would certainly be 
interesting to contemplate. American Union Lodge is still thriving, being No. 1 
on the register of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, and meeting in Marietta. 

There is considerable evidence tending to show that General Washington 
not only looked with favor on the formation of Military Lodges w r ithin the 
Continental Army, but that he frequently attended them, freely standing upon 
a level with his Brethren. He is said to have been in the Chair at the time 
General Lafayette was initiated, while the troops were stationed at Vallev 
Forge. Although the army lodge which conferred the symbolic degrees on him 
is unidentified, there is no question that on the occasion of his triumphal 
return visit to the United States in 1824, Lafayette was made a Royal Arch 
Mason in Jerusalem Chapter No. 8 of New York. 

Many Masonic scholars are of the opinion that Washington himself received 
one or more degrees, perhaps one of the Capitular degrees, in the (Irish) 
Militar\ Lodge, No. 227. But, like so many things in the development of early 
Masonry, no historical documents are available to conclusively support this 
belief. Previously about 1753, the Royal Arch degree is said to have been 
introduced into New York by an English Military Lodge. 

During the Revolutionary War, British and American troops are supposed 
to have exchanged Masonic courtesies on many occasions. With Army Lodges 
on both sides this is hardly surprising. Once, a well-known anecdote goes, a 
British retreat forced the abandonment of a lodge chest, containing Masonic 
constitution and emblems, and General Washington ordered them to be 
returned with a guard of honour. 

It is indeed unfortunate that there is no conceivable standard by which 
the influence of Masonry, with its ideals of liberty and equality, on the minds 
of our early military leaders, who were also very often our political leaders, 
can be accurately measured. However, there is no question that throughout 
the American Revolutionary period, its influence was decisive, both on the 
field of battle and in the legislative chambers of the land. The glorious 
story of how Masons and Masonry intimately interwoven with the early building 
of this great nation, presents another and complete subject in itself, one of 
which our ancient Craft may always be proud. 


While it is not our primary purpose to mention the many individual 
military leaders who were Masons, there were, of course, a number who held 
special significance for the Craft of Massachusetts. One of these was Brothei 

llrnn kno\. the mild-mannered bookseller, who contrived and carried out the 
arduous task of dragging to boston on ox sleds the 55 cannons captured at 

loisi riconderoga. He linalb accomplished his heroic purpose, despite all 
sons c>t hazardous obstacles and difficult winin weather. It was these cannons 
that induced the eneim to evacuate boston. In l!)L'(i Major General Henry 
Knox Lodge, named to honor his memory, was instituted on the deck of the 
Erigate Constitution in boston Harbor, as a 'military Lodge', that is a lodge 
open exclusively to men who had been in the military or naval service, and 
it is toda\ the onl\ such hod\ in our jurisdiction. 

Here in Massachusetts. Milium Lodges played a vital part in our early 
(.rand bodge history, when the two lodges, No. 58 on the registry of England 
(Ancients) and No. 322 on the registry of Scotland, attached to British regiments 
garrisoned in boston, joined with the Lodge of St. Andrew in a petition to the 
(nand Lodge ol Scotland to form a Grand Lodge. The request was granted in 
17(i!>. and the new bod\ assumed the name of the Massachusetts Grand Lodge, 
with brothei Joseph Warren as Grand Master. In 1792, it united with St. 
John's (.rand Lodge to form our present Grand Lodge. 

It is. perhaps, high!) significant that while a Grand Master of Masons, 
General Warren was the first man of distinction to lay down his life in the 
cause of American history. \nd to add a note of dramatic interest, it was 
another eminent soldier-Mason, Paul Revere, who identified Dr. Warren's body 
at bunker Hill by a tooth which he had once filled with gold. 

Illustrating the traditionally democratic spirit of the soldier in striking 
fashion, is the fact that it was a Military Lodge that, in 1775, conferred the 
degrees on Prince Hall and 14 other colored men. They later formed their 
own lodge, named \frican Lodge, and thus began legitimate Negro Freemasonry 
in the United States. 

\\ c have talked at some length about Military Lodges. As Capitular Masons, 
ue are pleased to recall that there has also been one American Military Chapter. 
As both Chapter of Royal Arch Masons was organized by the Grand Chapter of 
Illinois during the American Civil War. It was attached to a Federal artillery 
unit, and worked in conjunction with a Military Lodge of the same unit. The 
Chapter was active at points in Kentucky and Mississippi, while its members 
were on dut\ at those places. Some of its convocations w r ere held in the Masonic 
Temple at Vicksburg, Mississippi, as the result of fraternal arrangements made 
with the local Roval Arch Masons. Many kindnesses were exchanged between the 
Northern Military Masons and their Southern Companions. The 'Royal Arch 
Mason.' one of our finest Masonic publications, carried a splendid account of 
Asboth Military Chapter a few vears ago. It is also interesting to note that 
there are two Military Royal Arch Chapters functioning under the Irish 

Another true story of the Civil War concerns the death of the commander 
of a United States Navy Gunboat in the Mississippi River, while shelling a 
Louisiana town. As he had expressed a wish to be given a Masonic burial on 
land, a boat was sent ashore to see if the neccessary arrangements could be made. 
The local Southern Masons, disregarding the conditions of war and violence, 
accorded their deceased Northern Brother a proper, fraternal internment. To 
this day, Masonic friends place flowers on the churchyard grave in the little 
Southern town that men momentarily stopped a war to dig. 

I hat war does not break the Masonic tie is the theme of the following well- 
documented story of the same war. In 1863, after Federal troops had captured 
Natchez, Mississippi, some fifteen or twenty of them who were Capitular Masons, 
accepted the invitation of the local Chapter, Natchez No. 1, and assisted in 
conferring the Roval Arch Degree on three young Confederate officers who were 
at home on parole. 

\lthough they did not go out of existence completely, American Military- 
Lodges never again achieved the prestige and significance they enjoyed during 
the period that ended with the American War of Independence. There were only 


two or three of them accompanying the Army in the Mexican War. Dining the 
Civil War, while field lodges were freely established on both sides, their total 
effect is questionable. They met much opposition in many jurisdictions, chief lv 
because the feeling that a sufficient number of civilian lodges were alread\ 
functioning anywhere that the troops might find themselves. Although about 
a hundred dispensations were issued by Grand Lodges during the war between 
the States, it is believed that all these Army Lodges ceased to exist when the 
regiment and individuals returned to civil life. 

In 1898, the Grand Lodge of North Dakota organized a Military Lodge to be 
attached to a battalion of soldiers from that state serving in the Philippine 
Islands. This was the most conspicious instance of a Military Lodge during 
the Spanish American War, although it is thought that one or two others like- 
wise came into being. Its greatest significance is that it probably marked the 
beginning of Freemasonry in the Philippines. 

The decline of the Military Lodge continued throughout the two World 
Wars. In 1917-1918, although several jurisdictions granted dispensations to 
American troops in France, and in Germany after the Armistice. Perhaps onlv 
one or two lodges formed in the American Expeditionary Force have continued. 
One of these is today Overseas Lodge No. 40, of Providence, Rhode Island, 
operating as a military lodge in a limited sense. 

At the conclusion of World War II, with thousands of Americans stationed 
in Germany, a few of our Grand jurisdictions undertook to grant dispensations 
for lodges there. The first was probably Oregon, and the Oregon Military Lodge 
came into being in Frankfurt on July 11, 1946, signalling the return of 
Masonry to German soil for the first time since pre-Hitler days. In 1947 Rhode 
Island sanctioned the formation of Berlin Lodge; while in the same year, 
Connecticut sponsored Stuttgart American Lodge. These seem to have been 
the most prominent, but there were also some others, including several in the 
Pacific areas. 

We have, thus, traced in outline form the story of the Military Lodge 
from its beginnings down to the present day, and have observed how it reached 
the height of its influence during the second half of the 18th century, while 
from then on it began to decrease in importance, so that today it has all but 
gone out of existence. For example, shortly before World War II, in the British 
forces, there remained but eight regimental lodges, six Irish and two English. 
Fhe lodge attached to the Royal Scots has undoubtedly attained the longest span 
of uninterrupted life in the history of Army Lodges — over two centuries. There 
were a number of reasons to account for this downward trend, but perhaps the 
principal one has already been pointed out, was that, with the rapid growth 
of stationary lodges everywhere, the need for itinerant Masonic bodies became 
less and less. In short, the Army Lodge, having fulfilled a necessary and meaning- 
ful purpose, both for the Military and for Masonry, executed a strategic with- 
drawal from the scene. And so, in modern times, while they have been in the 
main long forgotten, the spirit of Freemasonry which they helped kindle con- 
tinues to shine brightly throughout the civilized world. 

Theirs is truly an honorable and inspiring tale of fraternal service rendered 
in the dissemination of eternal Masonic truths and ideals amongst many men 
and in many places. 

World Wars I and II, however, witnessed the rise of a worthy successor to 
the traditional lodge in the form of the Masonic Club. In every part of the 
world, wherever American troops were located in any numbers and for any 
length of time, these informal organizations literally sprung into being. Their 
only requirement was that each member be a Mason in good standing — military 
rank, place or condition of the origin and personal or civilian background were 
of no consequence. 

They had many advantages over the old Military Lodge, particularly as they 
could be easily and quickly organized, operated on an informal basis in all 
respects, and were relieved of the responsibilities of ritualistic work. They united 
Brothers from all jurisdictions, serving together in a common cause. Not only 
did they create good fellowship and companionship for each individual, but 


even more important, the Masoni< Club, wherevei Located, assisted other people 
in mam ways, rhese Masonic soldiers often provided food, clothing, and shelter 
Cor the needy, especially the children, and generally helped to case suffering and 
distress. \ distinctly important fraternal service was performed in man 5 ) con 
quered areas when Masonic Clubs actively aided in the re-birth and re-establish- 
nuni ot native Masonry, previously outlawed or driven underground l>\ the 
totalitarian state or chelator. rhus, the modem Club adequately Idled a fraternal 
need tor the military man, while at the same time accomplishing valuable 
humanitarian and Masonic services. 

During World War II we find American Freemasonrj continuing and 
furthering the close ins that have traditionally bound it to its Craftsmen in 
uniform. \cting through the Masonic Service Association of the United Slates. 
most of out (.rand Jurisdictions provided aid and comfort in numerous ways, 
particularly through the opening and maintenance- of 75 Masonic Service Centres, 
including one in London and one in Paris. Between 1941 anel 1946 over one 
and a half million dollars were- expended on this worthwhile activity, which 
benefited millions ol persons in the armed forces. In addition, individual (hand 
and subordinate lodges, as well as other Masonic bodies, eagerly assisted our 
service personnel in innumerable things that they elid. 

And after the noise and tumult of war had died down. Masonry, to its 
everlasting credit, declined to accept Thomas Southerne's description of the 
treatment of old and wounded soldiers: 

And when they're worn 

Hacked, hewn with constant service, thrown aside 
I o rust in peace and rot in hospitals! 

Instead the Fraternity, in keeping with the highest moral precepts, followed 
our unfortunate servicemen into government hospitals all over the land, and 
through a stall ol trained and experienced visitors, has sought to bring them 
the rich gifts of Masonic Spirit. From 1946 to date, the Masonic Service Associa- 
tion has expended over one million dollars on its Hospital Visitation programme, 
which is todav its principal activity. 

Thus comes to a close this little narative, a proud and romantic chapter 
in the annals of both Masonry and the Military. There is no doubt but that, 
for fraternal and patriotic reasons, our great institution will always manifest 
its active devotion to our uniformed Brethren. At the same time, the latter 
will ever continue to embrace Masonry for the solace and comfort of the eternal 
truths it espouses and exemplifies. Together they will march toward the day 
when all men shall truly be Brothers and peace prevails over all the earth." 



By C. C. Hunt, P.G.H.P., Iowa 

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would 
smell as sweet." (Romeo and Juliet). 

"How true that is, and yet 'rose' is the name by which we know it and 
with which we associates all the beauties and sweetness of the flower we call a 
'rose.' It is the same with the name of an individual. He would be the same 
man if he had another name, and yet the name given him in infancy and to 
which he has become accustomed is very dear to him. Instinctively he resents 
being addressed by a different name. This is especially true if his name is an 
old one connected with a family history of which he is very proud. 

It is the same with countries and organizations. Take our own country, 
America, as an example. It was named for Amerigo Vespucci who claimed to 
have discovered the continent, June 16, 1497, eight days before John Cabot, 
who reached the mainland June 24, 1497. There was then no one to dispute 


his claim and it went unchallenged until 1837 when Alexander von Humboldt 
discussed the subject. The people began to check Amerigo's statements with 
the facts about this country and found they were very wide apart. The general 
opinion now is that Vespucci did not make the 1497 voyage at all. However, 
by that time the name 'America' had become firmly established, and its people 
loved it. No one now thinks of changing it. 

Ancient York Masonry 

In Freemasonry, also, we have a name which has become dear to the hearts 
of many Masons. It is an honored name and was not obtained through fraud, 
although the historical accuracy of its legendary origin is in doubt. We had it 
when our Order first emerged into the light of history, and since it is so old 
and honored, Masons have clung to it tenaciously. I refer to the Masonry which 
from the first records of it as an organization was associated with York and later 
became known as 'Ancient York Masonry.' 

It is not a system of degrees as many suppose, although degrees have grown 
up around it. What is it then? Like the intangible thing we call the soul, it 
is hard to define. It is an attempt to make the ideal real. It has an ideal, an 
aim, a purpose, and the degrees which have grown up around it have a place 
in it only as they impress that ideal, teach that aim, and accomplish that purpose. 

York Masonry is based on the Ancient York Constitutions which King 
Athelstan of York is said to have given in 926 A.D. to the Masons for their 
government. It was a charter from the King authorizing them to function as 
an organized body of Masons. It imposed certain duties and granted certain 
privileges to a body of Masons organized under it. Every Masonic lodge had 
a copy of it or at least a manuscript which its members believed to be a copy 
of it. When the Grand Lodge of England was organized in 1717, there were 
many copies scattered over the land and no Mason thought of questioning this 
authority as containing the fundamental law of Freemasonry. 

Think of it! At a time when the government was autocratic a class of 
workers were given a charter authorizing them to organize themselves into a 
self-governing body — a form of organization which was followed in the organ- 
ization of our own National Government hundreds of years later. 

Purpose of Charter 

For what purpose was the charter given? Let us see what the oldest existing 
manuscript, the Regius of about 1390 A.D. says. They should form a council, 
'To ordain for their children's sake, how they might best lead their life.' In 
the council also 'There they sought by their wit how they might govern it.' 
They then laid down a set of laws for the government of the Craft. These laws 
covered their conduct both in their daily life and their work as Masons. 

After the Grand Lodges of Great Britain were organized we find all of them 
claiming to be 'York Masons.' Nineteenth century Masonic writers disputed this 
claim on the ground that none of them derived authority from York. These 
writers further stated that, as a matter of fact, the Grand Lodge of York 
had issued very few charters. This was a strange misapprehension of the origin 
of the name. None of these Grand Lodges claimed to have been chartered by 
the York Grand Lodge, but they did claim that they were subjected to the 
provisions of the Constitutions promulgated at York in 926. Each of the Grand 
lodges, relying on its possessions of copies of these Constitutions as its authority 
for organizing, had them "digested" and published as a Book of Constitutions. 
Anderson did this for the Moderns, Dermott for the Ancients, and Pennell for 
Ireland. I have never seen a statement made by any of these Grand Lodges 
claiming authority from York, but each claimed the name of 'York Masons' 
because they were governed by the York Constitutions. 

York Legend of Masonic Origin 

According to the York legend, Masonry was first organized at York in the 
seventh century and revived at York in 926 by King Athelstan, who in that year 
gave the Masons a charter by virtue of which all Masons were convened in a 
general assembly. In that city, where they established their constiution, Hardei 


in 1818 wrote: "Hence the appellation of Ancient York Masons, an expression 
well known in ever) pari of the British dominion, as well as in the United 
States oi America, and in most pans of the civilized world." 

Thus tin- Masonry based on the Ancient York Constitution became known 
as 'Ancient York Masonry. 1 It was adopted l>\ England, Ireland, and Scotland, 
and through these three (.rand Lodges found its wa\ to tins country. The 
degrees of this Masonry were Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Mastei Mason, 
and Royal Vrch, though possibl) not known by that name at first. I lie Knight 
1 emplar degree was also worked in York lodges at an early date. At York all 
five of these degrees were conferred in the lodge as early as 1779. 

Erroneous Impression Regarding "York" and "Scottish" 

Unfortunately an impression prevails in this country that the terms 'York' 
and 'Scottish' apply only to degrees above those of the Bine Lodge. Such it not 
the case. Both have the degrees of the Blue lodge but those of the Scottish Rite 
max be worked under the authority of that Rite where a Grand Lodge of the 
York Rite has become established, and lodges originally organized under a 
Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite must withdraw from the Supreme Council 
and organize a (.rand Lodge according to the York form of government before 
it will be recognized by other Grand lodges of the Masonic world. 

The basic degrees of the 'York Rite' are three, including the Royal Arch. 
I hat of Knight I "emplar was added at an early date and was attached to the 
York system. Later others have become attached to it. but they all have the same 
form of organization, though not the same ritual. Also the minor degrees may 
be different in different countries and in different division of the same country, 
but they all have the same form of organization and recognize each other as 
practicing the same kind of Masonry. 

During the eighteenth century the British (.rand Lodges chartered lodges 
iu this country which were called 'York Lodges.' In 1801 the system of Masonic 
degrees known as the 'Scottish Rite' was organized here, and the term 'York Rite' 
was applied to York Lodges to distinguish them from those of the Scottish Rite. 
I he term "Rite' in this connection is a misnomer, but usage has established it 
and we will, therefore, accept it. However, let us not forget that the real 
dfference between York and Scottish Masonry is one of government and organiza- 
tion rather than of degrees. 

Similarities and Difference in Systems 

In both systems the fundamental law is a set of constitutions whose 
asserted origin has been disputed. In both cases this fundamental law of York 
Masonry is the Constitution or Charter said to have been given by King Athel- 
stan that of Scottish Masonry the Constitution said to have been given by the 
Emperor Frederich the Great. In neither case, however, does the dispute as 
to the genuineness of authorship affect the validity of the Constitutions them 
selves. In both cases copies exist which were adopted by the Masonic bodies 
affected thereby, and when so adopted became the fundamental law of the body 
adopting them. 

In the York s\stem the officers are chosen by the Craft for a limited time. 
Membership in the governing hotly is representative, viz., the principal officers 
of the subordinate body are members of the governing body and each is elected 
periodically b\ his own body. The source of government is in the individual 
member as it is in a republic. 

In the Scottish system the government is in a Supreme Council which is 
self-perpetuating. I his Supreme Council selects its own members who are chosen 
for life. The various divisions, such as lodge, chapter, council, consistory, etc., 
are not interdependent but are all governed by the Supreme Council. 

In the York system the various bodies are independent of each other. Each 
has its own system of degrees and adopts its own Ritual. They are bound to 
each other by the fact thai they have the same- form of government and its 
Ritual is based on the same conception of Masonry. 


In both systems the details of organization have been modified somewhat, 
but each is still based on the conception of government contained in the original 
document adopted as its fundamental law. 

In the Scottish system a Supreme Council is first formed under its Con- 
stitution, and subordinate bodies are thereafter formed and governed by the 
Supreme Council. 

In the York system lodges were first self-organized under the Ancient Con- 
stitutions. Later the members of lodges formed themselves into Grand Lodges, 
and ,although new lodges are now chartered by a Grand Lodge, each new 
Grand Lodge is formed by the mmbers of the lodges in its territory. 

Masons, acting through their respective lodges, send representatives to a 
convention to organize themselves into a Grand Lodge, and the Grand Lodge 
thus organized is composed of Masons selected according to the York plan, 
modified as required by the necessities of growth, just as democracies have 
grown into republics. The government of a York body is representative, like 
a republic; that of a Scottish body is autocratic, like a monarchy. 

York and York Rite 

Thus far I have avoided using the term 'York Rite.' 'York' is correct but 
technically 'Rite' is not. Why the term 'Rite' applied to a system of degrees 
by our Scottish Rite brethren should have been accepted so generally, I do not 
know. The word properly applied to a single ceremony or set of ceremonies 
having a single theme and governed by a single body, not a set of ceremonies or 
degrees under different bodies. According to W. F. Kuhn, P.G.G.H.P.: 

'It has been stated that 'A Rite in Freemasonry is a collection of grades 
or degrees founded on the first three degrees.' This definition is wholly mis- 
leading and constitutes as grave an error as to call 'The York Rite' as conferred 
in the United States 'The American Rite.' What is meant by the word 'Rite? 
A Rite is defined as 'A custom or practice of a formal kind; a formal procedure 
of a religious or solemn observance.' But such a religious or solemn procedure 
must have a definite end or purpose. It must have a goal idea, a control idea 
which the ceremony is intended to convey. The ceremony may be brief or 
voluminous, plain or ornate, but the central idea must be attained and main- 
tained, as in the Rite of Baptism, the Rite of Marriage, etc. 

The dictionary defines 'Rite' as 'A solemn or religious ceremony performed 
in an established or prescribed manner; also any formal, solemn, or ceremonious 
act or observance;' Sometimes the liturgies of a particular church are called 
a 'Rite' as the 'Roman Rite.' In this sense the term 'Scottish Rite' might apply, 
for they use it to denote a system of degrees governed by a single organization . ( 
However, the term 'Rite' does not apply to a collection of degrees under different 
and independent bodies. I do not mention this with any thought of changing 
our terminology, for I am opposed to changing any terminology which has 
become established by usage. I mention it simply to show the difficulties we 
encounter in attempting to change established customs. It is usage that makes 
language, and usage has established the term 'York Rite' as applied to the 
degrees of York Masonry. 

The term 'York Rite' appeared shortly after the establishment of the 
Scottish Rite in this country in 1801. It was a convenient term to distinguish 
the two kinds of Masonry. It became established by usage and even the prestige 
of Mackey was not able to change it. 

In order to justify the term 'York Rite' let us apply Kuhn's test. Is there 
in this system a 'definite end or purpose,' 'a goal idea,' 'central idea which the 
ceremony is intended to convey'? I believe there is, viz., character building, the 
building of a spiritual temple, a house not made with hands eternal in the 
heavens. There is also a common method in its teaching, the application of the 
tools and methods of operative building to character building. The building 
of King Solomon's Temple for the worship of God is used as the type of the 
temple which man is to build so that he, himself, will become the temple of 
the Holy Ghost. Any degree which does not contribute to the central idea 
and use the method and teaching of York Masonry is not an integral part of 
the Rite. It is simply dressing which may be put on or discarded without 
affecting the character of the Rite. 

"York" and "American Rite" 

Mackcv trial to discard the term York' and called it 'The American Rite,'. 
He said, *ln all my writings 1 have ventured to distinguish the Masonry 
practiced in the United States as I he American Rite a title which it is clearly 
entitled, as the svstem peculiar to America, and is practiced in no other country.' 

Manv Masons have adopted MackcVs suggestion, I did myself before I had 
studied tlu- earl) history ol Masonry in England in search of the origin of the 
Royal \rcli Degree, In searching for this origin I became convinced that we 
should retain the term 'York' for no other term was descriptive of our kind of 
Masonrv . 

In spite of the prestige of Mac key's name his suggestion did not meet with 
popular approval. Uso, except in minor details, he is wrong in saying that 
our s\stein is practiced in no other country. If a change in details requires a 
change in name, then we must adopt a different name for the Masonry of each 
country, state, or district, and we will have no term to distinguish two different 

MackcVs term 'The American Rite' is more of a misnomer than the one 
it is intended to supplant. Brother W. F. Kuhn says: 

II either of the Rites is to be known as the American Rite, the title properly 
belongs to the Ancient and Accepted Scottish York Rite in the United States, 
as the American Rile, would he even more absurd than to call it the York Rite 
for it is neither.' 

Brother Kuhn is on the right track, but he makes the mistake of assuming 
that the name was derived from the place where the degrees of the system 
originated. I might add to his statement that to call the 'York Rite' 'American' 
because of some minor degrees associated with it in this country is an attempt 
10 make the tail wag the dog. The only degree that is peculiarly American 
is that of Most Excellent Master, which is said to have been added to our 
system by Webb. However, Webb made no attempt to change the name of 
the entire system on that account. Moreover, to call it 'The American Rite' 
is to lose contact, by implication at least, with the same kind of Masonry as 
practiced in other countries. It might then be said that 'Scottish Rite' Masonry', 
is the only Masonry that is universal for it is world-wide, while the American 
Rite is confined to the United States. 

Even if we admit Mackey's claim that the exact collection of degrees worked 
by York Masonry in this country is found nowhere else, why change the name? 
Is each country that has a different system or a different arrangement of degrees 
to be known by a different name? The term 'Scottish Rite' designates a certain 
kind of Masonry wherever feund, although the degrees or their arrangement 
may differ. 

I he Masonry we of the York branch practice has been known for over 
two hundred years as 'York Masonry,' and for the first hundred years the term 
Rite" was not attached to it. For that term we are indebted to our 'Scottish 
Rite' brethren, a term which is also a misnomer. If we wish to be technical, 
for it had no connection with Scotland. However, the organizers of the system 
named it The Scottish Rite', and as it grew in this country the Masonry which 
had theretofore been called 'Ancient York Masonry' was popularly given and 
tacitly accepted the name 'York Rite Masonry.' 

The term 'York' as applied to Masonry is a very ancient one. Brother 
A. E. Waite says: It must be confessed that next to Mother Kilwinning there 
is no talismanic name to compare with that of the Old York Lodge, and though 
it is eminently a kind of faith which is a somewhat shadowy 'substance of things 
hoped for,' I believe that in the hallowed sanctuary, once at least in time, 
there were roots of many things which at this day are extant and active among 
us in developed forms, we knowing not whence they come. Supposing that 
there were any element or vestige of the Hiramic Legend prior to 1717, I 
should turn to York as its local 'habitation'. As regards the York Rite it looms 
large in legend and has many things passing under its name. Hughan once 
said that no one knows what it was, but in other opinions it was the three Craft 
Grades, that of Master containing materials now incorporated into the Royal 



According to Robert I. Clegg: 'In general the difference (between the York 
and Scottish Rites) beyond the first three degree— is that the York Rite adheres 
more closely to old Craft Masonry, both in its legends and symbols, at least 
until it arrives at the Templar Degrees. The higher degrees of the York Rite 
are thus only elaborations and expositions of the central theme and motif of the 
first three degrees— the whole woven about the building, destruction, and re- 
building of the Temple.' 

Joseph Fort Newton, when editor of The Builder, said: 'It is often said 
that 'York' is an entirely erroneous title for the 'rite' which it designates. 
American Rite' has been suggested as a substitute. This, however, is not much 
more accurate for the same hiearchy of degrees and orders is practiced in the 
British Isles and Empire, with of course various differences such as exist between 
all rites and degrees, even when nominally the same thing. 'York' is just as 
correct and well founded as 'Scottish'. Neither are to be understood geo- 
graphically, both originated in a desire to emphasize antiquity, and of the 
two York seems the most respectable in origin, if there be anythng to choose 
between them. Its history is briefly this: York is mentioned in all the old 
Manuscript Constitutions (a series of documents ranging in date from the 
fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries) as the place where the Craft was 
organized in England under Prince Edwin in Saxon times. 'Ancient York 
Masonry' then came at a much later time to be understood as the Masonry 
practiced at that time at York. The phrase was especially used by the 'Ancients' 
to emphasize their adherence to old customs in contradistinction to the 
'Moderns' who were supposed to have followed after innovations. As most 
American Grand Lodges are descended more or less directly from the Ancient 
Grand Lodge, the term was preserved and later became a convenient label to 
distinguish one set of degrees from another, and by its convenience it is justified.' 

Brother Fred Buckmaster, in a paper read in Author's Lodge No. 3456 in 
England, said: 'The subject of the origin and development of what is known 
as the York Rite is a fascinating one for research and discussion. Apparently 
it was a movement from among the Brethren and arose in independent sub- 
ordinate lodges, its genius of government being republican and thus distinguished 
from the Scottish Rite which emanates from a Supreme Council and may 
therefore be described as autocratic' 


If we change our title 'York' to 'American', we will surrender our connection 
with a glorious heritage. Of course, we are proud of our country as we are 
proud of our home and family, but we are also proud of our heritage in 
Ancient Craft Masonry. We call it universal because it is world-wide, but it 
would not be so if each country emphasized its differences instead of its unity. 
A.11 the Masonry of the world now existing is derived from York Masonry. This 
is true even of the Scottish Rite since their first Blue Lodges were chartered 
by British Grand Lodges, but our Scottish brethren not only added new degrees, 
but changed the character of the organization and the form of government. We 
of the York branch have also added a few degrees, but we have retained the 
original conception of Masonry and its form of government. We have retained 
all the original degrees, and the few we have added have not changed our 
character as 'Ancient York Masons.' We have kept all the degrees of the York 
system, let us also keep the name. The few degrees we have added are simply 
extra ornaments to our attire. They have not changed the character and should 
not require the wearer to change his name." 

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